Allen Iverson Dress Code

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Roy Ghantous Professor Osborne Sociology 1001 10/2/2012 Nothing to Nothing Allen Iverson is well known for playing the point guard and shooting guard position in the National Basketball Association. Iverson began his childhood attending Bethel High School where he played both football and basketball. He earned the Associated Press High School Player of the year award for both sports and also won the Division AAA Virginia State Championship in both sports. Iverson was able to receive an athletic scholarship…show more content…
The NBA became the first major professional sports league to implement such a formal norm. Stern’s dress code stated that all players had to dress in business attire while arriving and departing during a schedules game, on the bench while injured, and when conducting official NBA business. Critics such as Allen Iverson claimed that the dress code wouldn’t change a person’s character, and that associating hip-hop style of dress with a crime is racist. Iverson was also quoted to say, “the dress code is not who I am and doesn’t allow me to express myself.” To Allen Iverson, the dress code was a culture shock, in which feeling of surprise and disorientation is experienced when encountering cultural practices that are different from their own. Many NBA sports figures claimed that it targeted young black males and is an attack against hip-hop culture. NBA Commissioner, David Stern, also placed sanctions that dealt with the dress code policy. He stated that violators of the dress code would be fined and may be suspended with repeat…show more content…
He refused to believe there was something wrong with him, and he continued to dress and wear his hear in the same hip-hop style that many criticized him for. Allen Iverson’s rite of passage into retirement from the NBA came as a tragedy to a guy who had everything playing basketball at the highest level. Jones writes, “He seems totally unprepared for his greatest challenge: life. He demonstrates no interest in any activity meant to be performed 40 hours per week. “After retiring from the league, Iverson has lost a majority of his money, his wife and also his children. Jones also writes, “The Sixers will retire his jersey, and he’ll surely be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sadly, it might be best-case scenario if we never hear from him beyond those
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