Air Jordans were banned from the NBA

So it would seem. Like, twenty-five years ago. But I like this math:

Nike released the first design of its instant-classic line of Air Jordan sneakers on September 15, 1985. On October 18th of that year, Stern officially barred Michael Jordan from wearing his signature kicks during games. He banned the shoes because their vibrant red-and-black color scheme didn’t match the shoes and jerseys that the rest of Jordan’s Chicago Bulls teammates were wearing. 

His Airness continued to take the court in Air Jordans. Stern responded by fining Jordan $5,000 for each game he wore the shoes. Over an 82-game regular season it would add up to $410,000 in fines against Jordan’s salary of $630,000.


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