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MLB to Pull all New Era Caps Related to Gang Affiliations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 24 August 2007 11:53

Gang affiliated New Era MLB capsAs we reported earlier today, New Era released three cap designs that uses street gang colors and symbols, along with the Yankees "NY" logo . The design raised concerns with parents in the Harlem area of New York, with the Coalition to Protect Our Chidren asking the the Yankees and MLB pull the product.

Now, that action will occur.

MLB has released the following statement in regards to the caps by New Era. 

Yesterday, Major League Baseball was made aware of caps with gang-related symbols in the marketplace. We were not previously aware of the symbolism of the designs on the caps, which were made under a licensing agreement between Major League Baseball and New Era. We immediately contacted New Era, and are working together to pull all caps that included the symbols, regardless of team or color.

Major League Baseball takes this issue very seriously, and is committed to taking steps to ensure that no product is made that features gang-related symbols. Major League Baseball plans on enlisting the assistance of local and federal law enforcement to establish a task force that will monitor product design. Product identified by the task force to contain gang-related symbols will be immediately removed, and steps will be taken on an ongoing basis to make certain that no  such product will be manufactured in the future.

Maury Brown

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