Keeping your kid out of jail might be easier than you think. Just don’t ever let him wear a Yankees hat.
The New York Times is reporting that New Yorkers prefer to break the law wearing Yankees gear.
Since 2000, more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment.
Now the Yankees are among the world’s most famous sports franchises. Their hats, jerseys, and t-shirts are more widely available than any Kansas City Royals memorabilia. It’s just more probable that some felons will wear the pinstripes.
Sports marketing analysts say it is a matter of numbers: the Yankees sell more merchandise than any other baseball team. As of August, they hold a 25.13 percent market share of nationwide sales of merchandise licensed by Major League Baseball, with the Red Sox second at 7.96 percent and the Mets seventh at 5.32 percent, according to SportsOneSource, a firm that tracks the sporting goods industry.
But numbers might not tell the whole story. The rise in criminals donning Yankees caps might actually be the fault of a single man: Jay-Z.
Criminals might be wearing Yankees merchandise not because they are fans of the team, but because they are fans of the cocked-hat look popularized by Jay-Z and other rappers, said the criminologist, Frankie Y. Bailey, an associate professor at the University at Albany, who is writing a book about the role of clothing and style in criminal cases.
Jay-Z makes the hat look cool, so his fans go out, buy one, and rob a convenience store.
Hell, even America’s most prolific bank robber wore a Yankees hat. From the early 80’s to the late 90’s, Edwin Chambers Dodson, the Yankee Bandit, robbed 72 banks in Southern California, nearly all while wearing the navy blue cap.