When Is It Acceptable For An Athlete To Carry A Man Purse?

lebron james carrying a purse

Photo: Screenshot via Deadspin

LeBron James caused a Twitter storm when he showed up at the Lakers-Heat game with a man purse yesterday.But LBJ isn’t the only athlete to rock a purse from time to time.

In an age when star players employ a small army of stylists, the social stigma surrounding the “carry-all” has faded.

There’s an irony to it — the world’s biggest, strongest, most masculine athletes sporting an accessory defined by its femininity.

Overall, we fully support this trend, mainly because it gives us hilarious pictures like LeBron’s.

But some athletes (looking at you, Cristiano Ronaldo) have taken it a bit too far.

Exhibit A: LeBron carrying a four-inch long purse before yesterday's Heat-Lakers game. Is it acceptable?

ACCEPTABLE: NBA players are constantly travelling, so they have to carry their things somehow, right? Plus you aren't going to ruin a $5,000 outfit by lugging around a dirty backpack

The Inconspicuous Man Purse, as worn by Jose Reyes

UNACCEPTABLE: Own the man purse, Jose. Don't camouflage it, attach it to your person, and act like it doesn't exist

The Out-On-The-Town Man Purse, as worn by Cristiano Ronaldo

UNACCEPTABLE: It's just an unnecessary attention-grabber. But it's OK if you're European and don't know better

The Ever-Present Man Purse, as worn by Tom Brady

ACCEPTABLE: If and only if your wife is a supermodel

The Ironic Man Purse, as worn by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray

ACCEPTABLE: Laugh at it when you're in college, embrace it when you're in the pros

BONUS: This Dennis Rodman man purse is unacceptable, even if it's only the fifth-weirdest part of this picture

BONUS: If you're rich, famous, and athletic enough to rock a man purse, then more power to you. But if you want to connect with the common fan, a classic backpack is a good alternative

These guys and girls can carry whatever purses they want

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