In the NBA, rules are rules. They are a league that sells its stars just as much as their teams. However, they like to package the stars themselves. Players get little lead way to stand out as individuals. That's something New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert learned the hard way when he showed up to a game with a haircut that violated NBA rules.
Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks is a unique player. He does his own thing and isn't afraid to show his personality, no matter if it's through his dance moves, his rapping or his 1980's style high-top fade haircut.
The NBA has rules against that and got in touch with Shumpert about his fashion statement. Soon the logo was shaved off Shumpert's scalp.
Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork reports the official rule forbidding such a display.
According to Section H, Number 5 in the NBA's Official Rules book, "the only article bearing a commercial 'logo' which can be worn by players is their shoes." As far as any fine, a spokesperson for the league said, "Nothing further on this."
Shumpert is an Adidas endorser, and it's a bit confusing what the difference between a logo on his shoes and his head is. However, the rules are the rules, and it's likely this rule is to prevent a player from using his head like a NASCAR paint job. Besides, it's hard to argue with Shumpert getting a haircut.
Shumpert acknowledged his mistake on his Twitter account.
#banned…sry @nba didn't realize there were branding issues wit da logo
To view Shumpert's before-and-after hairdo click here.