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NBA Claims Kanye West's Yeezy Basketball Sneaker Violates League Regulations

The National Basketball Association (NBA) isn't the only entity that's not fond of Kanye West recently. 

The National Basketball Association (NBA) isn't the only entity that's not fond of Kanye West recently. According to ESPN, the league placed a halt on the debut of the Yeezy brand creator's first basketball sneaker with adidas.

The sports news website claims the NBA finds the design of the 41-year-old's shoes distracting due to its "reflective-material heel." In September, West debuted the kicks on Instagram, revealing that the design took three years and 300 samples to finally submit its blueprint to mass production. The shoes were to be promoted by adidas-sponsored basketball players during regulation (John Wall, Nick Young). If a redesign were to take place and line up with the NBA's regulation, the West's sneakers could gain some traction on the hardwood.

This isn't West's first foray into the sports arena via his kicks. In 2016, the "Touch The Sky" rapper unveiled the Yeezy 350 Boots football cleats worn by NFL athletes like DeAndre Hopkins, who was fined $6,000 for adorning the shoes on the field. The tab was implemented because the cleats failed to have a "solid base color."

 

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over 300 samples and 3 years in the making and I give my pair to Ant Clemons for his Bday

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Cleveland Cavalier J.R. Smith also came under the NBA's line of scrutiny when he was told to cover his Supreme tattoo on his leg. According to a statement issued to ESPN, the NBA has the power to fine players that promote "commercial logos or corporate insignia" on their bodies.

"You don't make people cover up Jordan logos NIKE checks or anything else but because it's me it's a problem all of a sudden!!!" Smith responded on Instagram. "S**t whack."

 

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