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              ESPN's "Outside The Lines" examined the connection
         between gangs and sports in its piece, "Turf Wars: Gangs and
         Sports."  In the first part, ESPN's Shelley Smith looked at
         three NFL players who have ties to gangs.  One segment
         examined how sports apparel is relevant in the gang world. 
         ESPN's Bob Ley: "Gangs proclaim their identities and their
         names through colors and now through athletic wear, through
         logos and teams.  Police say this is by design.  Since sports
         apparel has never been more popular generally, gangwear is
         now usually undetectable."  Dr. George Knox of the National
         Gang Crime Research Center, on youths buying sports apparel:
         "Society does not realize that it's just as deadly as selling
         that kid a loaded .45."  ESPN Curry Kirkpatrick reported that
         teams, schools and companies all have been turned into
         acronyms for gangs.  For example, in Fort Worth, TX, Colorado
         Rockies stands for Crips Rule. A Dallas gang, "Mexican
         Mafia," wears Univ. of Michigan apparel.  When Kirkpatrick
         asked a gang member if they root for Michigan, he said, "We
         don't give a (expletive) about Michigan."  Other examples
         given for acronyms for teams and companies included the
         Bulls, Cowboys, Saints, White Sox, Magic, Astros, Nike,
         Converse and Reebok (ESPN, 12/5).

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