The boys’ basketball team at Chattanooga Prep, a Tennessee high school, has worn “Equality” as a team-wide NOB this season (above left). But when the team played its first-round game in the state championship tournament yesterday — the first state tourney game in the school’s history — they had the word covered up by white tape (above right).
Why? Per National Federation of State High School Associations rules, only a school name, school nickname, school initials, or player’s name can appear above the rear uni number. Anything else is a uniform violation punishable by a technical foul, which allows the opposing team to begin the game with two free throws.
According to The Tennessean, Chattanooga Prep has been hit with technical fouls at least four times this season for wearing the “Equality” message. Their coach, Christoffer Collins, was willing to do that during the regular season but didn’t want to risk giving away points for the team’s first appearance in the state tourney, so he broke out the cover-up tape.
The taped-over NOBs made for an odd look on the court. Here are some good rear-view photos, followed by some video:
Chattanooga Prep won, 57-49. Ironically, the opposing coach said the turning point of the game was when his team was assessed a technical foul.