The young NBA season has been full of exciting moments, interesting story lines, and even some early surprises. However, one thing that’s been consistently bad across the board is the brand new Nike uniforms, which appear to be made of a combination of tissue paper and flimsy grocery bags.
Okay, maybe not quite that bad. But they aren’t exactly holding up the rigors of the tough NBA game. Just look at some of these examples:
— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) November 3, 2017
RIP Draymond Green’s jersey. pic.twitter.com/VsXATqS2tx
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 28, 2017
Lebron's jersey gets ripped on a quick grab by Jaylen Brown. pic.twitter.com/CKqXgr9DXG
— Tas Melas (@TasMelas) October 18, 2017
Nike has been embarrassed by these early snafus, especially considering they are the biggest sports apparel company on the planet and paid $1 billion for an eight-year license to produce the jerseys for every single NBA team. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, Nike has released a statement promising to stop making garbage jerseys.
“Nike has always put the athlete at the center of everything we do and we have worked hard to create the most advanced uniforms in the history of the NBA. They are lighter and deliver great mobility and sweat wicking characteristics, and the feedback from players has been overwhelmingly positive. However, during game play we have seen a small number of athletes experience significant jersey tears.
We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working to implement a solution that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”
It’s unclear whether Nike will quietly (or publicly) recall existing stock of jerseys made, although there doesn’t yet appear to be any complaints of ripping from fans who have purchased the new uniforms. However, having your product literally fall off someone like LeBron James — who is a Nike sponsored athlete — on national TV is a pretty bad look.