You remember this story? Kings star DeMarcus Cousins asked the team to remove the Year of the Monkey giveaway shirts on the first day of Black History Month. I get it and it’s just an unfortunate coincidence. But the shirt isn’t racist. But the timing of it just made Cousins think it wasn’t right to distribute the shirts.
So there is no monkey imagery for the Kings this month. Fine. The rest of the league can still move on with it, right?
Take a look at the jersey the Warriors were set to wear for Chinese New Year. Notice the monkey patch on the sleeve?
Now take a look at the actual jersey worn on Tuesday. No monkey patch. It’s replaced by the team logo.
Did Cousins’ complaint earlier in the month have some kind of influence on why the Warriors altered their jersey? You can probably make that theory and it could very well be true.