Michael Jordan Banned Air Jordan 1

What if the NBA didn’t ban the Air Jordan 1 in the Black, Red and White colorway? Technically the NBA banned the Air Ship but still Nike took the campaign and ran with it for the Air Jordan 1 which is one of the most iconic releases of all time.

Back in 1985, when Nike unveiled the Air Jordan 1 now known as ‘Bred’, they featured (and still do) a Black, Red and White color scheme. The NBA had banned the shoes due to not meeting color guidelines and also has stated the colors were reminiscent of the devil. Each game Michael Jordan wore the shoes, he was finned $5,000 per game. Nike would pick up the check and push Jordan to continue to wear them.

Celebrating the unveiling of the Air Jordan XXX1 which is inspired by the Air Jordan 1, Jordan Brand unveiled a short video of Michael Jordan talking about the ‘Banned’ Air Jordan 1. Tomorrow, the brand will officially unveil the Air Jordan XXX1 so make sure to check back for additional details.