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.
49ers player Colin Kaepernick was photographed wearing a Dolphins hat over the Fourth of July weekend. Angry fans did not think this was appropriate. Kaepernick responded via Instagram with the following post: Kaepernick7 : "This the hat y'all mad at? I'm goin wear what I want regardless of what you think, all you need to worry about is the fact that I grind for my teammates and the 49ers! I plan on doin this until they won't let me in the building! #ridiculous#y'allmustbebored" San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was urged by the NFL to stop wearing a San Francisco Giants hat during postgame interviews because it breached their agreement with New Era to only wear NFL hats. A threat of a $15,000 was issued by the NFL to Smith if he did not comply, according to the San Jose Mercury News. 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) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia wearing a Brooklyn Dodgers hat. The Braves' new batting practice cap for 2013 (Uni Watch) Chargers receiver Keenan Allen wearing a Raiders hat. (Lobshots.com) A young Rickie Fowler wore his hat backwards during a Masters press conference at Augusta National, a golf course heavy in tradition. He was asked by an official to turn it around. Kevin Durant in a Bulls hat and a Supersonics hat. Clinton Portis wears a Phillies hat during an interview.