Evander Kane joins athlete clothing controversies

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane reportedly was scratched for a game this week because he showed up to the arena wearing a track suit. He’s not the first athlete to commit a fashion faux pas.

Winnipeg Jets forward just the latest athlete to commit fashion faux pas

The Jets' Evander Kane landed in hot water for violating the team's dress code. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane reportedly was scratched for a game this week because he showed up to the arena wearing a track suit.

Kane’s channelling of Pauly Walnuts may have showed poor judgement, but he’s not the first sportsman, or sportswoman, to commit what some viewed as a fashion faux pas.

Joe Namath’s fur coat

Seventy-year-old Broadway Joe looked red-carpet ready for the coin toss at last year’s Super Bowl.

Dave Keon’s fur coat

A strangely flamboyant choice of winter wear for a former Leafs captain known for his dignified, workmanlike game. (He may have ordered all evidence destroyed, because this photo is the only one we could dig up.)

Don Cherry’s jackets

The custom blazers favoured by Coach’s Corner's sharp-dressed man may clash with everything around him, but they match his brash commentary.

Norway's curling pants

Hurry! And avert your eyes from the bottoms worn by skip Thomas Ulsrud's rink.

Allen Iverson’s off-court gear

The Answer’s street-smart style — heavy on oversize t-shirts, jewellery and ball caps — was hip for its time in the early 2000s. But sponsor-sensitive NBA commissioner David Stern nixed it by installing a controversial dress code.

The Flyers’ pants

Generically called Cooperalls, Philadelphia actually wore the CCM Pro Guard version of the long-pant equipment system for a brief time in the early 1980s. Hartford (also in the CCM knockoffs) even joined them for an “all-Cooperall” game in ‘82.

The White Sox’ shorts

In one of his many schemes to drum up press, White Sox owner Bill Veeck ordered his team to play a 1976 game in shorts. Chicago won, but was heckled mercilessly and the experiment halted after a couple more games.

Brandi Chastain's bra

Male soccer players often doff their shirts after scoring a goal, but some were outraged when Chastain geared down in celebration after her monumental penalty kick clinched the 1999 Women's World Cup for the United States.

Carlos and Smith’s gloves

American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos are rightly celebrated today for raising a black-gloved fist on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics in protest of racial injustice. But the Mexico City crowd booed them and they were kicked out of the Games and widely vilified at the time.


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