Dockers sends Jim Harbaugh a package of clothes; NFL says he can’t wear them
Jim Harbaugh’s wife Sarah has called a lot of attention to the San Francisco 49ers head coach’s wardrobe this week. During a radio interview, Sarah said that she has asked Jim to get rid of his $8 Walmart pants that he keeps wearing during games. On Friday, Dockers tweeted a photo of a clothing package they were sending Harbaugh.
— Dockers (@Dockers) January 17, 2014
The Dockers brand is made by Levi’s, which now owns the $220 million naming rights to the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. So naturally, Levi’s founder Levi Strauss would like to see Harbaugh wearing a pair of Dockers. However, the San Jose Mercury News pointed out that NFL rules prevent Harbaugh or any NFL players from wearing any brand other than Nike, New Era or other brands sponsored by the NFL during gametime. The 49ers confirmed that on Friday.
Here’s where it gets interesting. A Twitter user shared a photo of some authentic Harbaugh game-worn khakis that she came across in the 49ers store on Thursday night. Guess what brand they are. Yup, Dockers. The 49ers also confirmed that the pants were indeed worn during a game.
— Lindsey (@Lahlahlindsey) January 17, 2014
Clearly there are ways to skate around the NFL’s apparel rules. You can’t blatantly cover up a league-sponsored logo like Robert Griffin III did without catching some heat, but no one is going to zoom in on the Docker’s logo on Harbaugh’s pants during a game. Well, they might now.