Hat controversies — in sports

The Associated Press
U** FILE ** Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James holds up his New York Yankees hat during the fourth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game between the Yankees and Cleveland Indians in this Oct. 4, 2007 file photo, in Cleveland. James loves the New York Yankees from head to toe. The Cavaliers' All-Star forward, who angered Cleveland fans by wearing a Yankees cap to the Indians' home park and cheered for the Bronx Bombers in last year's baseball playoffs, has a new Yankees-inspired sneaker that pays homage to one of his favorite teams. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)

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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.

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