I read this article from the San Mateo County Times and now I’m all freakin’ out that my 5-year-old son, who is in kindergarten, might be giving teachers and classmates the impression that he has an allegiance to a gang, given that we often send him to school in Reds gear. From the story:
According to various websites, Cincinnati Reds memorabilia is the second-most gang-affiliated sportswear.
Uh oh. Reading further …
Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Raiders clothing, bandannas and other accessories have distinct meaning to gangs in the Bay Area. If your family does not root for these teams but their logos are being worn excessively by your teens or tweens, they could be headed for trouble. Even if they have no interest in gangs, it’s possible they could be mistaken for a gang member.
Great, so when my boy becomes a teen or tween, he has to stop wearing Reds garb? Am I going to have to have a talk with him? “Sorry, pal, I can’t let you wear Reds logos anymore because of the risk involved. But I got you a couple of nice Billings Mustangs shirts on clearance at MLB.com so that any of your friends who are aware that the Mustangs are a short-season affiliate of the Reds realize that you still love your team.”