NBA bans 'ninja-style headwear' worn by Jimmy Butler, other players

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Published 8:38 a.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019
CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe ninja-style headbands worn by Heat guard Jimmy Butler and other NBA players will not be allowed for the 2019-20 season, the league said Monday. NBA spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN that “the ninja-style headwear is not part of the NBA uniform and hasn’t been through the league approval process. 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.”Bass said that players who were the headwear last season — including Butler, the Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and the Nets’ Jarrett Allen — were not penalized or talked to in order to “avoid disruption by intervening midseason.”The NBA notified teams in May that the headbands wouldn’t be allowed and the topic was further discussed at the league’s meetings in Chicago on Monday. 

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