The Three-goggles gesture, (not to be confused with Googles) is popular among basketball players in the U.S., but the NBA reportedly wants the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers to refrain from doing the celebration during NBA Global Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this October 11, 2014.
The Heat and the Cavaliers will meet in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Given that the teams will be playing outside of the United States, the players will need to adjust to a different culture.
According to sources, the NBA has warned the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cav players not to do the “three-goggles” during their preseason meeting in Brazil:
Holding up the “three-sign” or the “three-goggles” in a certain way while in Brazil could be mistaken for “f— you” or “f— off,”.
The NBA sent the Cavs and Heat a memo with a list of questionable gestures that shouldn’t be used in Brazil, we’re told. The last thing anybody wants is for the stands to clear immediately after a player nails a 3-pointer.
When traveling internationally, it’s good to be aware of the local customs, what is a simple gesture in one culture could be an offensive one in another. Even though, in Brazil, it could be considered an offensive gesture, if an NBA player did forget and happened to use the gesture, I wouldn’t expect an uproar about it. Brazilians going to watch the game at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena, are mostly NBA savvy and have seen the gesture on TV and know it’s meaning in the context of the game. However, Brazilians watching the game on TV who are not very familiar with U.S. and NBA customs, could take it the wrong way.
The NBA Global Games Rio de Janeiro at HSBC Arena is Sold out as of this posting.
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