10 Jerseys That Could Get You Escorted Out Of A Professional Sports Stadium
Know what sounds like a really dumb idea right now? Wearing a LeBron James #6 Miami Heat jersey in the city of Cleveland. Yet, that’s exactly what one bright guy did the other night when he sported the jersey to a Cleveland Indians game—and needed to be escorted out of the stadium to avoid hecklers and fans who were confronting him for doing it. Yeah, not the sharpest tool in the shed.
We get the feeling he’s probably not alone, though. Right now, there are literally dozens of jerseys on eBay you can scoop up that’ll get you plenty of attention—albeit the wrong kind of attention—at pro-sports venues. To prove it, we jumped on eBay to find 10 jerseys that are sure to get you kicked out of a professional sports stadium by the hometown fans. If that’s the kind of attention you’re looking for, place a bid. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you!
The Jersey: Chris Bosh #4 Toronto Raptors jersey
The Place To Wear It: Air Canada Centre in Toronto
The Reaction You’ll Get: Fresh off the news that Bosh reportedly quit on the Raptors at the end of the 2009-2010 season before fleeing the city for the Miami Heat to play alongside Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, you’re not gonna get a warm reception north of the border rocking this jersey. Fortunately, Canadians love their hockey more than your hoops and rocking this probably isn’t quite as bad as rocking an old Vince Carter jersey from his days with the team. But this wound is still fresh, so expect plenty of jeers!
The Jersey: Barry Bonds #25 San Francisco Giants jersey
The Place To Wear It: Any Major League Baseball stadium across the country
The Reaction You’ll Get: The all-time leader in home runs in MLB history is still one of the most polarizing figures in sports history. Rock this jersey to any MLB stadium (outside of San Fran, where we hear Bonds is still beloved) and you’re gonna hear some stuff from the hometown faithful. Especially if you take it anywhere near New York City.
The Jersey: Lawrence Taylor #56 New York Giants jersey
The Place To Wear It: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
The Reaction You’ll Get: Philly fans are ruthless, especially when it comes to their Eagles. And Eagles fans hate Giants fans and are willing to stoop to just about any level to tear them down. So if you meander into the Eagles home stadium wearing the jersey of a guy who’s currently battling some legal issues, we can only imagine the type of things you’re bound to hear from the hometown crowd. Hope you’ve got your earplugs ready.
The Jersey: Johnny Damon #18 Boston Red Sox jersey
The Place To Wear It: Fenway Park in Boston
The Reaction You’ll Get: We’re not positive, but Boston fans might let Benedict Arnold himself sit at Fenway before a guy wearing a Johnny Damon jersey. Damon notoriously skipped town and signed with Sox hated rivals the New York Yankees after Boston won the World Series in 2004. So you’d better throw a hoody on over your jersey if you’re planning on wearing this in Boston.
The Jersey: Wayne Gretzky #99 Los Angeles Kings jersey
The Place To Wear It: Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton
The Reaction You’ll Get: Gretzky’s 1988 trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings is still probably the most heartbreaking trade in sports history. If you want to rub it in Edmonton’s face, try walking into the city wearing these threads. But something tells us they’ll be running your face in something else before the night is over!
The Jersey: Brett Favre #4 Minnesota Vikings jersey
The Place To Wear It: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Reaction You’ll Get: Packers fans will always love Brett Favre. After all, he did lead them to their last Super Bowl victory. But that doesn’t mean they’ve accepted him playing QB for the Vikings just yet. So wearing the purple-and-gold into Lambeau will definitely draws a penalty flag.
The Jersey: Mark McGwire #25 St. Louis Cardinals jersey
The Place To Wear It: Yankees Stadium in New York City
The Reaction You’ll Get: McGwire broke Roger Maris’s heralded record for the most home runs in the single season during the late 1990s. Now that he’s been all but outed as someone who used steroids and HGH during that time period, Yankees fans probably won’t take too kindly to anyone wearing his jersey in their stadium. Then again, wearing anything but a Yankees jersey at Yankees Stadium is just a problem waiting to happen.
The Jersey: Terrell Owens #81 Cincinnati Bengals jersey
The Place To Wear It: Fawcett Stadium in Ohio
The Reaction You’ll Get: T.O. has enemies all over the National Football League. So you could wear an Eagles jersey in San Francisco or a Cowboys jersey in Philly or a Buffalo Bills jersey in Dallas and probably get a reaction out of the local crowds. Coincidentally, Owens’s new team, the Cincinnati Bengals, plays his old team, the Dallas Cowboys, in the opening preseason game of the 2010 season (also called the Hall of Fame Game) this year. Try rocking Owens’s new duds there and see how Cowboy fans treat you.
The Jersey: Allen Iverson #3 Denver Nuggets jersey
The Place To Wear It: Wachovia Center in Philadelphia
The Reaction You’ll Get: For a long time, A.I. was The Answer for the Sixers. But things changed when he demanded a trade in 2006 and was moved to the Nuggets. He was back with the Sixers again last year, but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten his stint with the Nuggets. Beware if you’re wearing this around Philly anytime soon.
The Jersey: Carlos Boozer #5 Chicago Bulls jersey
The Place To Wear It: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland
The Reaction You’ll Get: My theory? If Boozer had resigned with the Cavs in 2004 like he was supposed to, LeBron James would already have at least one ring with the team and wouldn’t have bolted to Miami. If you want to remind Cavs fans of that, try rocking Boozer’s jersey with his new team, the Chicago Bulls. They just happen to have a decent little rivalry going with the Cavs that’ll only make Cavs fans more angry if you wear it to a game in Cleveland.