A History of Nike Footwear and Jersey’s Tearing In Game

A history of Nike footwear and jersey's tearing in game.

While Nike has only been the official uniform maker and merchandising sponsor of the NBA since 2017, they have already had quite a bit of controversy on the court due to footwear and jerseys literally tearing and ripping into pieces during gameplay.

Even some of the biggest endorsed Nike stars have experienced jersey tearing in game, including LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, and several other players. Not only this, but Nike footwear has torn into pieces during actual gameplay, including Zion Williamson’s PG 2.5 phenomenon in February of 2019, Aaron Gordon’s HyperRevs, as well as more recently, the tearing of Wesley Matthews’ Nike Zoom Freak 1 PEs. Take a look below at some of the most recent and notable Nike jersey and footwear tears from the past few years.

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