Lately I’ve wondered, when did it officially become cool for male athletes to wear earrings? Other ponderances:
1) Is there only a certain level of athlete who can get away with them?
2) Is there a racial component to it? (obvious alert!)
3) Why do some wear earrings in each ear and some only wear one?
4) Why doesn’t Tiger Woods wear them?
We all know Michael Jordan as a trendsetter in shoes and apparel. But it appears he also started off athletes wearing earrings. I’m sure he wasn’t the first one (maybe some odd ABA player?) who did it in high profile sports. But I have no doubt that he is the primary reason we see so many athletes wearing earrings today.
If you look at old photos of him during his career, you’ll notice that he didn’t start in on the earwear until he was years-deep into his pro career. Why did he do it? I’m guessing he was inspired by other male entertainers, more specifically hip-hop artists, wearing them. But that’s just a stab.
Presently, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a male athlete who wears earrings. Why, can you now name a high profile black NBA player who doesn’t wear earrings? Years ago, it seemed like only the hottest pro athletes would wear them, as they were the only guys who could do so and avoid ridicule. But that stigma is now long gone. Now you seem them at every level of college and high school. So with that in mind, I’m thinking there must be a whole lot of people who think athletes wearing earrings is cool. Right?