DATE: 10/17/2005
COMPLEX SAYS: At the beginning of the season, Stern implemented a dress code which required players to wear business attire (a suit or sports coat) when inactive on the bench during games, arriving or departing arenas, and while attending any other events sanctioned by the league. The rule also specifically banned attire associated with hip-hop culture such as throwback jerseys, jeans, Timberlands, do-rags, and gaudy jewelry. Many critics have said that the rule was an overreaction the Malice in the Palace brawl from the prior season. We think Jim Jones said it best: "Long johns and some jeans, fuck a button-up shirt!"