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Chicago Cubs v New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets wears a NYPD cap during batting practice before the game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on September 11, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hat controversies — in sports

July 8, 2013

As silly as it may sound, something as trivial as a hat can trigger a storm of controversy. A hat is just a hat, but to a diehard fan, wearing the wrong one can be a sign of disrespect. This collection of photos also reveals that hats can be politically incorrect and even break hallowed traditions. We’ve scoured the internet and found some of the most memorable controversies caused by wearing the wrong headgear.