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Hoya Gangsta

Georgetown Cap One of the Most Gang-Affiliated of All Sports Caps

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 10: The Georgetown Hoyas mascot performs during a break in play against the St. John's Red Storm during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

    Don't be a menace to the South Side while repping your Hoyas hat in the hood.

    That's the takeaway from a post by Complex that ranks the familiar Hoyas cap the ninth-most gang-affiliated hat out there. After Hoya nation, the Hoyas cap's largest constituency is the Black Gangster Disciple Nation in Chicago.

    For members of the Gangster Disciples, wearing a Hoyas cap serves as a tribute to Larry Hoover, the alleged leader of the gang. Hoover had survived jail sentences and shooting attempts on his life -- all by the age of 16. He was allegedly appointed head of the Gangster Disciples in 1974, when he was still in his early 20s.

    Hoover has been imprisoned for nearly three decades. He's managed to earn sentences for drug conspiracy and extortion while serving sentences for other crimes. He is currently serving a life sentence at a supermax prison in Colorado.

    To answer what's likely your next question, Hoover was not, in fact, a Georgetown alumnus. Instead, Gangster Disciples wear the Hoyas hat because -- as they imagine it -- Hoya stands for "Hoover's On Your A**."

    He has displayed a talent for diplomacy, though: He and other Chicagoland gangsters forged the Folk Nation, an alliance that established peacable inter-gang governance and mediation from the late 1970s through its disolution in the 1990s.

    The Georgetown cap ranks just ahead of the Oakland A's cap (favored by Chicago gangs Almighty Ambrose Nation, Orchestra Albany, and Spanish Cobras) and just behind the Minnesota Twins hat (favored by Chicago's Maniac Latin Disciples).


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