July 19, 2003

NBA players to sport commemorative patch

love it live!  but, watch your back after the game!

to commemorate the NBA's storied history, league commissioner david stern announced friday that all NBA players will henceforth don this patch on their game jerseys (see picture at right):

the announcement came after even the league's most squeaky-clean player, kobe bryant, was caught engaging in, then lying about, adultery.

LA lakers coach phil jackson (affectionately known as "reverend zenmaster dimmesdale" among his players) had this to say about the new jersey design:

On the breast of the jersey, in fine red cloth, surrounded by an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appears the letter A. It is so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it has all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which the players wear; and which is of a splendor in accordance with the taste of our age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the league.

stern, however, was willing to forego the league's "sumptuary regulations" because of the prestige associated with the patch: "this is the same scarlet letter worn by our nation's last political and moral role model, bill clinton" stern noted, proudly. "it is now being passed on to the sports icons of america's youth."

Posted by travis at July 19, 2003 03:26 PM | TrackBack

Wow, that is both shocking and funny at the same time. I am sadden that Kobe has fallen from his clean image, but I feel for him also because I have also made mistakes as everyone else. Lets hope that things can be amended and forgiven.

Posted by: Miguel at July 19, 2003 03:57 PM