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Jarrett Jack Rips Sleeved Jerseys, Says NBA Players Look Like 'Beach Police'

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

Jarrett Jack wants you all to know he signed on to play in the NBA, not film a remake of Pacific Blue.

The NBA's sleeved uniforms have been met with intense disdain by the players to this point. Speaking on his previous experience with them while with the Golden State Warriors, Jack, now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, made it clear he wasn't a fan.

"We're like the Beach Police," Jack said, via The Plain Dealer's Jodie Valade. "You know those police who are on the beach with those bikes? They've got those little shirts with the shorts? That's what we look like. Like we about to give somebody a citation."

So, you're saying you don't like them, Jarrett? Or are you indirectly asking for the ability to write parking tickets and commute to the arena via all-terrain bicycle?

Given the less than warm reception from other players, let's go with the former.

After losing to the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat's LeBron James lampooned his game-day attire. He did not, however, draw the corollary between his wardrobe and beach police.

"I'm not making excuses, but I'm not a big fan of the jerseys," James told reporters, per Valade. "Every time I shoot it feels like it's just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don't have much room for error on my jump shot. It's definitely not a good thing."

James isn't a fan of sleeves, either.
James isn't a fan of sleeves, either.Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images

When he wasn't wondering whether his uniform was made for the boardwalk, Jack shared James' distaste.

"Performance-wise, at times, under the arms, it felt a little snug on you," he explained, via Valade.

This is just a small sampling of the criticism players have rained down upon sleeved jerseys. Words of displeasure have been frequent and unforgiving, leaving us to wonder if the NBA is listening.

Apparently, it is.

According to Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher, the Association isn't hell-bent on forcing the players to wear sleeves beyond this season. The league is willing to compromise.

"If the feedback is that the players don't want to wear them, we won't," Sal LaRocca, the NBA's executive vice president of global merchandising, told Bucher. "We are 50-50 partners with the players in everything we do."

That should make Jack and James, among so many others, happy. If the players truly despise these new alternate uniforms, then the NBA appears willing to move on. 

Until then, Jack and anyone else who isn't a fan of their new duds must grin and bear it, all while resisting the urge to purchase faux detective badges with intent to police the nearest shoreline.

 

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