NBA and NFL jerseys are being manufactured in a Honduran factory where workers
who earn 19 cents per garment in sweatshop conditions are producing $75 jerseys,
a human rights organization asserted yesterday.
"There's something wrong with the NFL and NBA players financing their
strike fund and their union from royalties made on the backs of women locked
in sweatshops across the developing world, who are denied their rights, paid
starvation wages and would be fired the first time the boss even suspected them
of trying to organize to defend their rights," said Charles Kernaghan ,
director of the National Labor Committee, a human rights group that focuses
on workers' rights.
Kernaghan made his allegations at a news conference yesterday held outside the
NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York.
Massachusetts-based Reebok issued a response disputing many of the allegations
contained in the committee's report and announced a plan for an independent
assessment of the factory's conditions.
The NBA issued the following statement: "Reebok has assured us that the
National Labor Committee report contains numerous inaccuracies. In addition,
Reebok is a member of the Fair Labor Association, which has accredited Reebok's
global program for the manufacturing of its footwear and apparel."
The NFL said, "Reebok has assured us that the allegations in the report
contain many inaccuracies."