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A’s outfielder Coco Crisp cut off his magnificent afro, here’s perhaps why (vid)


In a day that will live in infamy, news reached the interwebs on Tuesday that Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has shaved off his magnificent, majestic and massive afro.

Above is how Crisp’s afro appeared way back in April, but sadly, it is no more.

Let that soak in a bit before moving on.

A’s beat writer Jane Lee first broke the devastating news on Twitter:

And here is an image of Coco Crisp on the bases during Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Coliseum, providing ample evidence due to a noticeable absence of hair sticking out from under the helmet that the afro is no more:


Mighty depressing, folks. Mighty depressing indeed.’s Matt Monagan ventures a possible theory why Crisp clipped the afro — his helmet kept falling off — and provides compelling video evidence from a game in May against the Texas Rangers to advance his hypothesis (via

So, it is somewhat understandable — if the theory is correct that the maintenance the afro and the inconvenience of it ultimately developed into an untenable daily ordeal — but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mourn its departure.

Farewell and happy trails, Coco Crisp’s afro. You shall be missed. But always remembered.

For what it’s worth, Crisp went 1-4 with 2 RBI in his first game sans afro, an 8-7 A’s win. Yay.