Alarming New Trend: Hip-Hopping Thugs Wear Yankees Hats

Hey, what's the deal with all these NYC criminals wearing New York Yankees hats? Could it be the ubiquitous and overwhelming popularity of the Yankees in NYC, where they're based? That's a boring theory. Can't we blame Jay-Z somehow?

Criminals might be wearing Yankees merchandise not because they are fans of the team, but because they are fans of the cocked-hat look popularized by Jay-Z and other rappers, said the criminologist, Frankie Y. Bailey, an associate professor at the University at Albany, who is writing a book about the role of clothing and style in criminal cases.

"He wears it and makes it look cool," Ms. Bailey said of Jay-Z and the cap. "It's almost like the Yankees have acquired a kind of street rep, a coolness."

Criminologist: still considered to be a real job, in some circles. There's no word on whether the men who broke into a home wielding toy guns and were then shot by the homeowner were wearing Mets caps, but we can't rule it out at this point. What's next, hip-hopping thugs in California wearing hats of their own local sports teams, while "rapping" about their criminal exploits?

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