New York - Nike
on Tuesday vowed to fix issues with its NBA jerseys after a string of
high-profile incidents which have seen shirts torn to shreds.
The opening weeks of the NBA campaign have seen multiple incidents of
torn jerseys, creating a public relations headache for Nike in the
first season of an eight-year deal as the league's jersey supplier.
Several of the league's biggest names, including LeBron James and
Draymond Green have been seen wearing tattered shirts since the season
Last week, Sixers star Ben Simmons' shirt was almost completely torn
apart as he tussled for the ball during his team's game with the Indiana
Nike said it was working to remedy the situation in a statement on Tuesday.
"Nike always puts the athlete at the center of everything we do and
we have worked hard to create the most advanced uniforms in the history
of the NBA," the company said.
"They are lighter and deliver great mobility and sweat wicking
characteristics, and the feedback from players has been overwhelmingly
"However, during game play we have seen a small number of athletes experience significant jersey tears.
"We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working
quickly to implement a solve that involves standardizing the
embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day
"The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance
and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in