“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”
Published 12:44 PM, November 08, 2017
Updated 12:44 PM, November 08, 2017
RED-FACED. Nike will be working on mending the quality of their jerseys especially on their first year of supplying jerseys for the NBA.
NEW YORK, USA – Nike vowed to fix issues with its NBA jerseys after a string of high-profile incidents which have seen shirts torn to shreds on Tuesday, November 7.
The opening weeks of the NBA campaign have seen multiple incidents of torn jerseys, creating a public relations headache for Nike in the first season of an 8-year deal as the league’s jersey supplier.
Several of the league’s biggest names, including LeBron James and Draymond Green have been seen wearing tattered shirts since the season began.
A couple of weeks into the new Nike NBA jersey deal, 3 jerseys have ripped during NBA games. Draymond Green, Tyler Ennis and Lebron James pic.twitter.com/P3NbnmEEf5
— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) October 28, 2017
Last week, Sixers star Ben Simmons’ shirt was almost completely torn apart as he tussled for the ball during his team’s game with the Indiana Pacers.
— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) November 3, 2017
Nike said it was working to remedy the situation in a statement to ESPN on Monday, November 6.
“Nike always puts 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,” said the company.
“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 quickly to implement a solve 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.”