According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Nike officials spent Wednesday “extensively reviewing” why James’s jersey split. It wasn’t the first time it happened, either, as Lakers guard Tyler Ennis had his own wardrobe malfunction during the preseason.
“The quality and performance of all our products are of utmost importance,” Nike said in a statement released Friday. “We are obviously very concerned to see any game day jersey tear and are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”
Nike also faced scrutiny in 2012 over its new NFL uniforms, with the game’s bigger players complaining that they were too tight.
“I hate them. They are built for thin guys,” 49ers guard Alex Boone said at the time. “It makes me look like I have big old love handles.”
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