In the locker room of the Dallas Mavericks, two bandanas hang from two different players’ lockers. Antoine Wright hangs up a blue bandana, while teammate Jason Terry has a red one. And anyone who has followed gang culture knows that these are the calling cards of two of L.A.’s most violent gangs - the Crips & the Bloods.
Critics of the NBA have complained about the “thug life” motif & apparent gang-influenced mentality of some players in the league. So have these two locker-room fashion statements proved these critics right? Are gangs infiltrating NBA rosters?
FULL COURT PRESS reports that the bandanas in Antoine’s & Jason’s lockers do represent the Crips & Bloods, and they were sent to the two Mavericks by current L.A. Clipper Baron Davis. But it’s not about showing solidarity to the two gangs. Rather, it’s showing support of an upcoming film.
Davis is co-producing the documentary “Crips and Bloods: Made in America”, and the bandanas were sent out as a kind of promotional item, along with trailers and other info, to help raise awareness of the film.
But it’s not just about getting butts in theater seats (although that would be very beneficial). Baron is also hoping to use the film promo blitz to get more NBA players to help out inner-city youth. Wright & Terry, for example, are donating money for every point they score this season.
“Hey, when somebody in our NBA family asks for help like that, we all have to help,” Terry said. “It’s a really cool cause.”
Well, whaddya know - the NBA Cares, after all.
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