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Wednesday
Oct032012

NFL Heavyweights Hate New Slim-Fit Uniforms

Byron Bell of the Carolina Panthers. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL’s heaviest players have weighed in on Nike’s new slim-fitting uniforms and the reviews are anything but flattering, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“I hate them. They are built for thin guys,” Alex Boone, a 300-pound offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, told the paper. “It makes me look like I have big old love handles.”

Reebok had been the manufacturer for the past 10 seasons, and this is Nike’s first year making the uniforms as part of their new contract.  Nike designed slimmer, more contoured uniforms, and while they may look stunning on the sculpted receivers and running backs, the guys in the trenches say they are unflattering and uncomfortable.

“I don’t really care for the new jerseys. … I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys,” Terrence Cody, a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, told The Wall Street Journal. “It feels like it tightens up and stuff, it’s hard to breathe, it constricts.”

Boone said his wife told him that when he wears the uniform “it looks like [he] ate a small baby.”

In a statement, Nike defended the jerseys. Other players interviewed for The Wall Street Journal’s story said there is no problem with the uniforms and that anyone who complains is putting a premium on looking pretty.

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Friday
Jul132012

US Olympic Committee to Promise American Made Uniforms by 2014

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two sources tell ABC News the U.S. Olympic Committee is planning to announce it will change its policy so that U.S. Olympic uniforms are made in the USA by the next Olympics, in 2014

But nothing will be done about this year’s uniforms, which were made in China.

Read more about the controversy.

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Friday
Jul132012

White House Won’t Condemn ‘Made in China’ US Olympic Uniforms

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The White House does not believe the U.S. Olympic Team’s “Made-in-China” uniforms need to be replaced with American-made apparel ahead of the London Games later this month.

“Maybe for future Olympics, those kinds of things should be considered,” deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One en route Norfolk, Va., this morning.

“The United States Olympic Committee has said that they are a—they are privately funded.  This isn’t a government decision,” he said.

Earnest suggested President Obama would prefer to see the team outfitted in outfits stamped with “Made in the USA,” noting “the president’s views on the high quality of American-made products is well known. It’s something he talks about extensively.  That includes American-made clothing.”

But, echoing the position of the USOC, Earnest said the administration doesn’t want the uniform controversy to “distract from the story of young Americans…who spent a good portion of their lives preparing to compete on the international stage.”

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Thursday
Jul122012

Lawmakers Want ‘Made in China’ US Olympic Uniforms Burned

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Lawmakers were outraged Thursday after an ABC World News report revealed that the U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony outfits are made in China. Some suggested making a bonfire with the outfits, which include berets and blazers.

“I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.

Team USA will be marching into the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony wearing Ralph Lauren blazers and berets, much as they did four years ago when Lauren dressed them. ABC’s Sharyn Alfonsi reported Wednesday evening that every clothing item that the U.S. athletes will be wearing at the opening ceremony in London will carry an overseas label.

Reid said today that the U.S. Olympic committee should be “ashamed of themselves,” and “embarrassed,” that the items were made in China, especially when people in the textile industry in America are looking for jobs.

The Congressional reaction on Capitol Hill today extended to both houses and both parties.

“You’d think they know better,” Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH., said in response to a question from ABC News.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that since the Olympic athletes represent the very best in America they should be wearing uniforms made in America.

“They work so hard. They represent the very best, and they’re so excellent. It’s all so beautiful. And they should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.”

Already there is a movement on Capitol Hill to make changes so this does not happen again at future Olympic Games. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., wrote a letter Thursday morning to the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Lawrence Probst, calling this revelation “shocking and deeply disappointing” and asking all U.S. team’s uniforms be made in America in the future.

ABC News reached out to Ralph Lauren and the U.S. Olympic Committee Wednesday and asked why American-made clothing had not been selected for the athletes. The committee responded with a statement: “The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Marines Will No Longer Allow Rolled-Up Sleeves

Sgt. Heather Golden/US Marine Corp(WASHINGTON) -- On the same day that the Marine commandant lifted a ban on wearing KIA bracelets, another fashion edit is raising howls from within the ranks.

Beginning next Monday, Oct. 24, Marines won’t be allowed to roll up the sleeves of their uniforms. Marine regulations currently allow for sleeves to be rolled up on camouflaged uniforms, and doing so is a matter of pride for Marines who feel it makes them look distinctive from the other services.

Marine regulations even have precise instructions for how those sleeves are to be rolled: "The camouflage utility coat will be worn outside the trousers. Sleeves may be rolled up at the option of local commanders. When authorized, utility sleeves will be rolled with the inside out, forming a roll about three inches wide, and terminating at a point about two inches above the elbow. ”

A Marine official says the Marine Uniform Board decided to make the change after Marine leaders observed that “deployed Marines were operating with sleeves down…their intent with this decision is to have one uniform policy, a single look.”

So the board has decided that “the Marine Corps will roll sleeves down and remain sleeves down year-round, beginning on Monday, 24 October. There will be official guidance released soon directing the uniform change.”

On Tuesday, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said Marines will be allowed to wear KIA bracelets honoring fallen fellow service members while in uniform. This uniform allowance is effective immediately.

A recent Marine Corps Times article generated controversy when it brought to light how some unit commanders were not allowing their Marines to wear bracelets to commemorate those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Marines of all ranks were wearing the popular bracelets, though they technically violated regulations that ban Marines from wearing jewelry while in uniform.    

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Amos said that he was allowing their use. "We are acknowledging the close personal nature of our 10 years at war and the strong bonds of fidelity that Marines have for one another, especially for those fellow Marines who we have lost,” said Amos.

“There’s not really a ban on the KIA bracelet specifically,” says the spokesperson for the Marines.  “There are regulations for wearing the uniform and specifically jewelry, and Marines are not allowed to wear bracelets. This falls under that spectrum.  Now, the KIA bracelet will be lumped into the same category as the POW/MIA bracelets, which are approved for wear.”    

According to the statement, effective immediately, “Memorial bracelets memorializing prisoners of war, missing in action, killed in action, and those who died of wounds or injuries sustained in a combat theater are authorized.”

Some senior Pentagon officials have been spotted wearing the bracelets, most notably former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

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