Three styles linked to gangs due to colors and symblos

By Larry McShane, blankociated Press
Inside SOCAL
Article Launched:08/25/2007 12:19:34 AM PDT
NEW YORK – A lineup of team logo baseball caps denounced as tailor-made for gang members was ordered removed from store shelves by its manufacturer Friday after complaints from baseball officials.

“It has been brought to our attention that some combinations of icons and colors on a select number of our caps could be too closely perceived to be in blankociation with gangs,” said Christopher H. Koch, CEO of New Era Cap. “In response, we, along with Major League Baseball, have pulled those caps.”

The three styles in question used colors and symbols linked to three gangs: an all-white cap with a blue bandanna, the trademark of the notorious Crips; an all-white cap with a red bandanna worn by the rival Bloods; and a black cap with a gold team logo and an embroidered crown, a symbol favored by the Latin Kings.

“We encouraged and now fully support the decision of cap manufacturer New Era to pull these caps and any others that feature offensive or concerning symbols,” read an MLB statement.

The New York Yankees had joined an anti-gang group, Peace on the Street, in denouncing the hats

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