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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Don't expect men to wear women's jerseys anytime soon

Hip hop and sports culture have fused into a world of shared admiration, where rappers wear hats and jerseys to support their favorite teams and players — some of whom are actual, real-life friends — and athletes in exchange give the cunning lyricists a popular figure to adore in rhyme.
Lil' Wayne may have made a first recently in rap sports apparel fashion, donning a Notre Dame women's basketball jersey bearing the name of sophomore star Skylar Diggins.
Diggins rose to fame with the Fighting Irish's run to the NCAA women's basketball championship game, which they lost to Texas A&M.
Granted, the concert was in Bloomington, Ind., about 200 miles from Notre Dame, but I suspect most would just as soon opt for an ND football jersey. Given the flirtation between the two on Twitter, it's a wonder he didn't have the location for his tour stop rerouted. He could always add a stop on the end though.
Wayne did take a second in this explicit video to give Diggins a shout-out.
I wouldn't expect this trend to catch on, as many male sports fans are too large to fit into women's-sized jerseys. Wayne, on the other hand, doesn't have that problem. Estimates place him around 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds.


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