ProFootballTalk.com: Manning jerseys banned by Colorado school district for gang ties

6 09 2012

It’s an unfortunate side effect of gang violence. Around here, all professional sports apparel has been banned, and clothing items by some college teams — the Fresno State University Bulldogs, for example — have been made off-limits as well. And it’s all because gangs have co-opted the colors, jersey numbers, and logos of popular teams and players.

I long for the day when I can wear a jersey to support my favorite team without having to worry about getting shot. But the sad reality is that gangs have taken the fun out of supporting your favorite teams and players.

The only good to come of this is that I can’t stand Peyton Manning, and that makes this a little bit funny to me.

– dEV

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Posted by Darin Gantt on September 6, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

Peyton Manning’s popularity in Colorado has been immediate, and intense.

But if you want to support him, don’t wear his jersey to school in Greeley.

One family is upset because their 8-year-old son was forced to change out of his new Manning jersey because it doesn’t comply with the school district’s dress code designed to minimize gang activity.

The Greeley-Evans School District has banned the numbers 13, 14, 18 as well as their inverses (31, 41 and 81) because of the ties those numbers have to area gangs.

Pam Vanatta told CBS4 she was “speechless” that her son Konnor couldn’t wear the jersey his grandmother bought him as a gift.

“I knew that Greeley had a gang problem but I didn’t think in any event it should affect someone that’s in third grade,” she said.

School officials say no one objected to the policy — which also bans students from shaving notches in their eyebrows or displaying red or blue bandanas — until Manning signed with the Broncos.

Now, all of a sudden, it is a big deal,” district spokesman Roger Fiedler told theDenver Post. “Until yesterday there haven’t been any concerns raised about our dress code.

“It’s unfortunate that it has become a big deal. It is not a new policy. It has nothing against [the Broncos]. Mr. Manning is a great role model. We would hope people would understand it has nothing to do with him or the Broncos.”

The numbers 13 and 14 are linked with the Sureño and Norteño gangs, and the 18th Street gang is invoked in the policy as well. Fiedler said the policy has been on the books since the 2008-09 school year, and has been effective.

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7 09 2012
Heather

We couldn’t wear L.A. Kings or Raiders jerseys/shirts/jackets when I was in middle school / high school for similar reasons.

7 09 2012
Lisa

I learned today that the girls field hockey team at my school can no longer wear kilts because they’re supposedly gang-affiliated. Right… because so many gang members wear kilts around here.

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