By Adam MillerThe Washington PostOn Sunday, the league announced it would be instituting a ban on men’s clothing that does not have a mesh closure, which requires a man to wear it with a mask.
It also announced that it will be imposing a $5,000 fine on players who fail to wear a mesh-closed helmet.
The NBA has also banned players from wearing their hair down for the first three games of the season, a move that was widely criticized by players.
On Monday, the NBA’s executive vice president of corporate communications, Chris Paul, released a statement on Twitter that said, in part: “The league and its players are committed to supporting a safe and inclusive environment for all, and we are committed in this effort to create a safer, more positive and inclusive NBA environment for everyone.”
In the past, the men’s game has been a hotbed for debate over what is and is not appropriate for men, and some players have been quick to condemn the league for its decision.
On Monday, a representative for the league said, “We support the safety and health of our players and fans and have taken this decision based on the best available science.”NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that the league would continue to work with teams to develop safer and more inclusive practices, including the introduction of helmet and mesh closure policies.
“As we have in the past and will continue to do, we will continue our conversations with teams about how to better support our players, fans and employees, who are essential to our success,” he said.