According to a report in today's New York Times, a common theme is emerging out of the city's crime blotter. More and more criminals are breaking the law while wearing Yankees caps or clothing.
Since 2000, more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment. The tally is based on a review of New York Police Department news releases, surveillance video and images of robberies and other crimes, as well as police sketches and newspaper articles that described suspects' clothing. No other sports team comes close.
Now, one doesn't have to be a sociologist to realize that part of the reason the number is so high is based purely on the popularity of the brand. It's hard to go three blocks in New York without seeing that classic logo in some shape or form. There's probably more law-abiding Yankees fans that any other group, too.
And maybe, as the piece postulates, it's all Jay-Z's fault.
Regardless of the scientific validity, people will surely use it as another reason to hate those big bullies in the Bronx.