NU's Liberman first to wear yarmulke in Big Ten game

Northwestern freshman Aaron Liberman received his first action in a Big Ten game in Sunday’s 74-51 defeat at Michigan. By getting on the court, Liberman became the first player to wear a yarmulke in a Big Ten basketball game. In fact, according to this story, he’s only the second Division I player ever to do so.

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Liberman, who spent a year in Israel before coming to Northwestern, didn’t tally any stats in his one minute of action in Sunday’s loss.

This wasn’t a special occasion, either. Liberman wears a yarmulke every game, and he has two (purple and white; purple and black) to choose from.

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Patrice on 1/5/2014 @ 8:03pm EDT Said:

you must admire the young man for having the courage to follow his religious convictions

marco (@mams4) on 1/6/2014 @ 5:31pm EDT Said:

That is pretty cool and courageous. Looks good with the Uni…

Deena on 1/6/2014 @ 8:32pm EDT Said:

Does he wear his Tzitzit as well? Kol HaKavod!

Aaron Parry on 1/7/2014 @ 12:54am EDT Said:

As a rabbi who helped coach a competitive Jewish high school team, and witnessed my share of anti-semitism on the court, I must tip my yarmulke to this truly courageous kid! RAP

fuckoff numbnuts on 1/7/2014 @ 12:56am EDT Said:

Religion and sports. My god loves me more than you. Nah, nah, nah a boo boo. I’m better than you.