There have been two recent news articles about personal grooming habits of professional athletes that make me glad we have a policy in place here at FTI and reinforce the value of it for the Misfits as well.
In the first case, Manny Ramirez is set to join the Chicago White Sox and cut his trademark dreadlocks in order to conform to White Sox appearance policy. Ramirez has always had a "go it alone" attitude and has used his hair to make a statement reflecting the same. Now, he is going to have to come into the fold, get a haircut, and be like the rest of the guys. Secondly, one of the Miami Dolphins football players lost a 2.5 carat diamond earring during practice and was searching for it later on the practice football field. The player apparently forgot to remove it before the start of drills and subsequently lost it on the practice field. The earring was said to be worth nearly $50,000.
We don't allow any type of sharp jewelry, piercings, artistic tattoos, or any type of body art to be worn by the Misfits while they are here for their own safety. This safety concern is not for violence, retaliation, or gang affiliation identification, but rather to prevent any 2nd-rate roving circuses to claim a wandering Misfit as a potential sideshow exhibit. Ripley be damned.