Although incidents have quieted down in recent months, Nike's NBA jersey issues are well-documented. It all started during the pre-season when Tyler Ennis and Nikola Jokić experienced rips, and the problem escalated from there. LeBron James' jersey ripped on opening night, and players including Draymond Green, Ben Simmons, and Thaddeus Young have also had on-court malfunctions.
Now, jersey woes are making their way to the amateur level, too. WCPO Cincinnati reports of complaints from a local mother who says the $110 Nike Swingman jerseys she bought her sons for Christmas are now unwearable after becoming damaged in the washing machine.
"They have had them a little over two months, put them in the washing machine, and it is falling apart," Laurie Dirr told the station.
It's worth noting that the Swingman jerseys in question aren't made with the stitched twill letters found on their more expensive Authentic counterparts, which retail for $200.
Following multiple reports of ripped jerseys in the fall, Nike told Sole Collector it was hard at work on a remedy. "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," said a spokesperson.