The NBA is requiring Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball to cowl a tattoo, as a result of the league says it violates the insurance policies in opposition to uncovered industrial logos. Ball has a tattoo of his “LF” emblem beneath his left ear. Ball was compelled to put on a patch over the tattoo for the Hornets sport in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Ball has mentioned the tattoo is for his center identify LaFrance. The tattoo can also be the brand of Ball’s clothes model. That is the place the difficulty is available in for the NBA.
In an announcement to ESPN, NBA spokesman Tim Frank mentioned: “Per the [collective bargaining agreement], gamers are prohibited from displaying industrial logos or company insignia on their physique or of their hair throughout video games. We attempt to implement the rule moderately, in accordance with its goal, and considering gamers’ efforts to specific themselves in a non-commercial method. However LaMelo Ball’s neck tattoo is in apparent violation of the rule and, accordingly, he is required to cowl it.”