Memo to Dwyane Wade: There will be no more Band-Wade.
The NBA bans Miami Heat super baller Dwyane Wade from wearing the colorful Band-Aids on his left cheek that quickly were becoming a "fashion statement." D-Wade originally wore the "decorative yet protective cheek bandage" to seal a cut beneath his left eye. In recent days, such as during NBA All-Star Weekend, the league's top scorer slapped "his name, nickname 'Flash' and even the American flag" on the Band-Aid long after the wound healed.
"We spoke to (the Heat)," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "A player can wear a Band-Aid for health care purposes, but it shouldn’t have any name or identifications on it."
Citing Frank, the newspaper said that Wade and the Heat weren’t in danger of any penalty but needed a quick reminder. "We offered clarity to them," Frank told the Sun-Sentinel. "You can’t wear an identifiable Band-Aid. We don’t expect it to be an issue, so there will be no need for a penalty."
In recent years the NBA has imposed a strict dress code on players that is in effect before and after the game. There was also a recent ban on "full-length tights under uniforms, which players had used as a fashion statement."
In other D-Wade news, last week was the baller's best week ever. Wade set career-highs of 50 points in one game and 46 points in another game against the Knicks giving the Heat their "most dramatic win since the 2006 NBA finals."
Dwyane Wade was one of the first professional basketball players to criticize Tim Hardaway's hateful anti-gay rant and support John Amaechi after he publicly came out as gay. Oh and regarding those points and that "flash" nickname ... hopefully Dwayne Wade slows down for at least some things.
H/T: Papi Chulo's Blog [nsfw]