Stephon Marbury Sets a New Standard

Hates off to Stephon Marbury, for this business venture.  to create a shoe, using quality materials and sell them for $15 dollars, is noble and socially conscience thing to do.  We all know that this country thrives off of capitalism, but this brother has stepped up to the plate and said enough is enough by issuing a challenge to other NBA players to do the same.  Marbury said:

As a kid growing up with six siblings, Stephon Marbury couldn’t understand why his parents couldn’t scrape together $150 to buy him the hot sneakers his heroes wore in the NBA.

The article goes on to say that when he grew up and understood how much money that was and how little his parents had, he decided to do something about it.

Of course there always has to be one ignorant person who just doesn’t know what to say out of his mouth:  LaBron James

When asked about Marbur’s shoe, he made the following comments:

Before the game, James took a little shot at Marbury’s $14.98 kicks, saying he couldn’t imagine endorsing a sneaker that cheap. “No, I don’t think so,” James said. “Me being with Nike, we hold our standards high.”

Poor Ignorant LaBron: so young; and so ignorant. 

In a perfect world, we can say that it is the parents fault for buying their children shoes that they can’t afford, especially those young black children growing up in the hood who idolize black athletes.  James needs to be reminded that a few years ago, his ass was living in a low income neighborhood being raised by a single mother who had him when she was 16.  He needs to be reminded that his mom probably struggled to meet the basic necessities. 

He should remember that as he excelled on the high school basketball courts, how expensive those air Jordans and Allen Iversons cost.  But hey, he is the son of a woman who used her son’s potential and future earnings against a bank loan to buy her son, who at the time was 18 years old, a Hummer.  Before the boy played his first game, Nike had all ready inked him for a 95 million dollar contract. They couldn’t wait for the first check to clear before going for the bling?  But I digress………

The reality is many of our young black males, don’t have positive role models in the home, and for Marbury to take a stand based on a socially conscience issue over money and maximized profits, is admirable.  He not only stood up to the corporate industry, he challenged some of his fellow NBA players to look beyond dollar signs.  No one is saying that athletes can’t make money, but when you are aware of the social problems that plague your own communities across the country, and for players like LaBron who came from one of those very same neighborhoods and environments, to make a comment like that proves to me that he should thought twice about the NBA contract and enrolled in someones college. 

Marbury’s Shoe Website


One Response

  1. Native Son,
    I was going to comment on the sneaker issue, but after reading your excellent article, there is no more to be said.
    In fact, I am going to copy it and hand it out with my Christmas presents!

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