Now, another world-class athlete has had his Nike sneakers banned from the world's biggest stage, as the Wimbledon officials have banned Roger Federer's new sneakers, saying that the orange soles break the club's All-White dress code.
Here are the shoes:
These actually aren't THAT flamboyant or colorful. But the orange was apparently too much for the powers that be at Wimbledon, and Federer will have to find another option.
The NBA fined Jordan $5,000 per game when his shoes were banned. I'm pretty sure the Wimbledon folks will play it a little differently. Instead of fining Federer, they might just disqualify him, because that's what people do in sports like tennis and golf.
So Federer might not be able to build the legend of these shoes the way Jordan did with his, and I'm sure we'll see them back on his feet shortly with a different colored sole.
What do you think about all of this? Should they be banned at Wimbledon? Or was this just a huge overreaction?