Who are you petitioning?
NBA, David Stern
What do you want them to do?
Ditch the Short-Sleeve Jerseys
Last season the NBA started transitioning to a new uniform style; skin-tight jerseys with tiny sleeves and v-necks. If you caught any of the Christmas Day NBA games, you know I am not kidding. The response from these jerseys seemed to be overwhelmingly against them, regardless if you were a player or a fan. The Twittersphere blew up with hatred for these new “shirseys”, wondering if this was a one-time thing or if the NBA actually wanted to use these jerseys regularly.
So with the news that several teams will be using these as alternate jerseys for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season, including my Phoenix Suns, I’ve decided to start a petition against them. It’s bad enough they are being used for the All Star Game, but the fact that I have to see the Suns play every Friday for the rest of the season in these awful sleeved v-necks was just too much.
With the fear of these jerseys someday becoming the norm, Bleacher Report decided to anonymously poll 21 NBA players about them, including three league MVPs and five All-Stars. The results were far from surprising:
“They are hideous, the sleeves are awkward, and they are being implemented so the NBA can make more money.”
“I’m against them all the way. I would vote George Bush back in office before I vote for those (uniforms).”
“I think our sport is tough to have stuff on your shooting arm with shooting being so key.”
“I never liked or wore short sleeves in high school or college, so it is different. I don’t think about it during games, but I’d prefer nothing on my shoulders.”
“They do not wick sweat away from the skin well. You end up with a wet, cold, sticky shirt.”
“I don’t think they look good, or feel good, but I’ve come to accept that the NBA doesn’t care what we think.”
If the look of these jerseys wasn’t bad enough, many players are claiming that they legitimately affect their game. On Christmas day, several players were seen rolling up their sleeves to prevent any interference with their shot.
Call me old school but these jerseys with sleeves are awful…..
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) December 25, 2013
Needs to be a mass burning of these sleeved nba jerseys. Also, no to the grey lakers logo. Looks like the real jerseys are in the wash…
— Robin Lopez (@eegabeeva88) December 26, 2013
Battier said that when the shirts got wet, they got heavy. The NBA should end this experiment.
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) December 26, 2013
With that being said, please sign this petition and support the demise of these awful, sleeved, v-neck shirseys!