Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts during the third quarter of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL forcing 49ers Jim Harbaugh to wear different pants vs. Seahawks

Just when you thought Pantsgate went away, it’s back.

By now you’re completely tired of the Jim Harbaugh pants news, but the NFL is apparently getting in on the action this time.

News broke earlier this week suggesting that Harbaugh wears pants from Walmart on the sideline, a sentiment his wife suggested on a local radio show.

That appeared to be partially true, but on Thursday night a fan shopping at the San Francisco 49ers team store noticed there was a pair of game worn pants available for purchase. The brand? Dockers.

Dockers is of course owned by Levi, will owns the naming rights to the San Francisco 49ers new stadium that will open next season. All of that becomes a problem because Levi’s isn’t an NFL sponsor, meaning Harbaugh technically isn’t allowed to wear Docker (or Walmart) pants on the sideline and won’t be this weekend in the NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks.

But the 49ers confirmed that NFL rules prevent Jim Harbaugh or any other 49ers player from wearing anything other than Nike, New Era or any other NFL-sponsored gear during gametime.

So Harbaugh won’t be donning Dockers as he romps down the sideline in Sunday afternoon’s NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks, the team said.

Thankfully Nike makes some mean tan khakis.

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