Posted April 07, 2013

NBA rule forces Knicks’ Iman Shumpert to remove Adidas logo shaved into hair

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Knicks guard Iman Shumpert carved the Adidas logo into his hair. (is_21_nykallday on Instagram)

Knicks guard Iman Shumpert carved the Adidas logo into his hair. (is_21_nykallday on Instagram)

By Ben Golliver

Iman Shumpert’s hair has been shut down by the authorities, but it wasn’t the mile high flat top that ran afoul of the law.

The Knicks guard shaved Adidas’ signature “three stripes” logo into the left side of his hair earlier this week, flashing the look during a Friday night win over the Bucks. On Saturday, he posted a photo of his head on his Instagram account — is_21_nykallday — with the logo removed and a wide, flat triangle in its place.

“Banned,” the photo’s caption read. “[Sorry] NBA, didn’t realize there were branding issues [with the] logo.”

Sporting a corporate logo during games is indeed against NBA rules. Item 5 of Section H of the NBA rule book’s extended comments section, which governs “player/team conduct and dress”, reads: “The only article bearing a commercial ‘logo’ which can be worn by players is their shoes.”

The language appears alongside other uniform notes, which include: no t-shirts, players must tuck their uniform shirts into their shorts, players must assume a “dignified posture” during the National Anthem, and coaches and assistant coaches must wear a “sport coat or suit coat” during games.

Shumpert is an Adidas endorser and recently apparently in a nationally-televised ad for the shoe and apparel company with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

Shumpert, 22, returned to the Knicks’ lineup in mid-January after missing the opening portions of the season as he rehabilitated from a major knee injury. The second-year guard out of Georgia Tech is averaging 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.9 minutes per game this season.

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Hat tip: @TheKnicksWall

8 comments
JonathanWoyke
JonathanWoyke

Oh ok but Stern wants to bring advertisements to the uniforms? hypocracy much?

jaysan23338
jaysan23338

what a dumb rule I remember ron artest and anthony mason putting all types of designs and logos etched into their hair

bryandepalma10
bryandepalma10

What if Shumpert tattooed an Adidas logo in his face? we'd probably see a black triangle in his face or he'd have it surgically removed?

CrisMaddGeniusEastmond
CrisMaddGeniusEastmond

a lil confused because there wasn't an "article" bearing a logo, it was himself. If i happen to be born with odd swoosh shaped eyebrows, would i not be allowed to play in the league? I odn't care that much, but censorship anywhere should cause alarm

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

That's pretty petty on the NBA's part considering their uniforms are manufactured by Adidas and most official apparel is Adidas made. If anything they, Adidas should tell the NBA to lay off and let him keep it for advertisement purposes that s beneficial for both Adidas and the NBA. Personally I think he's an idiot for not only the logo shaved in but that hideous flat top from House Party area. But to each their own..

clu
clu

Face tattoo time!

playrighter
playrighter

Just for fun, look into the NFL's rules.  Fines for tweeting within 90 minutes of a game, wearing non-Nike gear even when not playing, $10,000 for socks worn too low,  $5,000 for wearing gold shoes (although pink was encouraged),  $10,000 for calling your wife to let her know you hadn't suffered a concussion, $10,000 for an unbuckled chin strap, $25,000 for not talking to media post game, and a contractual $5,250 for tossing a football into the stands.  And don't try and trademark a name like "Harbaugh Bowl", or the NFL legal linebackers will sack you till it hurts.

bryandepalma10
bryandepalma10

 @clu 

Lol. What if Shumpert tattooed an Adidas logo in his face? we'd probably see a black triangle in his face or he'd have it surgically removed?