Rapper and shoe designer Kanye West— who inadvertently advocated for a return to slavery over the weekend — is expected to debut a basketball sneaker from his Yeezy collection this season. But according to ESPN, the NBA would likely ban the shoe because of its bright and shiny “3M” heel.
The league has lightened up on its dress code in recent years, allowing players to wear whatever color sneakers they please. But according to ESPN’s league sources, the prototype of West’s sneaker would not be allowed in NBA games.
Whether or not NBA players would want to wear West’s glowing new shoes is another matter.
The “Flashing Lights” rapper has drawn criticism in recent months for his support of President Trump, which came to a head over the weekend when West wore a “Make America Great” cap during an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and called to “abolish the 13th amendment,” which ended slavery.
Following a media storm blasting the mercurial rapper for his statement, West clarified that he misspoke and wanted to see the 13th amendment “amended” not abolished. He did not apologize for his MAGA cap.
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Even if the NBA boots West’s shoe, he may have found a customer in the White House. President Trump, whom West praised on live air, tweeted his appreciation for West following that “SNL” debacle.
“Word is that Kanye West, who put on MAGA hat after the show (despite being told ‘no’), was great. He’s leading the charge,” the President tweeted.
Rapper Snoop Dogg recently blasted West for aligning himself with Trump advocates during a visit to Sirius XM, where the “Gin and Juice” performer said he didn’t differentiate between Trump supporters and bigots.
“Kanye too. Don't forget about him too,” he said. “Throw him in the bag, 'cause he right there with the mutha----s.”
President Obama has famously referred to West as a “jackass” on more than one occasion.