Report: NBA banning ‘ninja-style headwear’ this season

Report: NBA banning ‘ninja-style headwear’ this season
By Reuters

10/09/2019 at 02:55Updated 10/09/2019 at 02:56

The NBA has decided to ban "ninja-style headwear" beginning with the 2019-20 season, according to an ESPN report.

Teams were notified in May of the decision, and the issue was expected to be
further discussed by the NBA Competition Committee at meetings in Chicago on
Monday. Details such as the size and length of the headbands will be
determined prior to making an official rule change.

"The ninja-style headwear is not part of the NBA uniform and hasn't been
through the league approval process," NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN in a
statement. "Teams have raised concerns regarding safety and consistency of
size, length and how they are tied which requires a thorough review before
consideration of any rule change.

"When some players began wearing them last season, we didn't want to cause a
disruption by intervening midseason, but we notified our teams in May that
they would not be part of this season's uniforms."

Among the players known for wearing the headwear in the past are Jimmy Butler
of the Miami Heat, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans and Karl-Anthony
Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

--Field Level Media