Why Marbury's Message About Michael Jordan is Being Ruined By His Delivery
Since the announcement of Stephon Marbury bringing back Starburys--his affordable basketball sneaker line for $15, he's also made it his mission to open the world's eyes to "Jordan robbing the 'Hood." You've probably seen Marbury entertaining the Nike Stans and haters on Twitter, but I wanted to provide an unbiased perspective because 140 characters just simply isn't enough to say what has to be said.
See, Stephon Marbury going at Michael Jordan is much like Meek Mill speaking out against Drake. An extremely valid point was made, but the delivery was all wrong. Let me explain...
Stephon Marbury has every right to be critical of Michael Jordan turning his back on the urban community and not living up to the responsibility that comes with being a global icon. But as most of us know, Twitter rants only come off as negative. Both logic and facts aren't extremely popular on that platform either. Perhaps Stephon should've went on YouTube to deliver his message where he could provide a thorough explanation of what he meant as well as allow the context of his point to be properly understood. Sure, he would have received just as much backlash in the comments, but after a week of entertaining Twitter trolls his message just seems lost.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the point is to give families an opportunity to purchase quality basketball sneakers for an affordable price point and promoting the idea of an item being more expensive doesn't mean it makes you a better person than someone else, right?
The problem is bigger than Michael Jordan. Listen, I grew up in the Hood just like Stephon. Although, the Bronx is a two hour train ride from Coney Island, I'm positive we've both witnessed first-hand the violence over Jordans, jewelry, the Sidekick 2, Motorola Two-way pagers - anything perceived as luxury pretty much. Here is where the real root of the issue is, when you are poor and live in an impoverished neighborhood, your first taste of success is being able to buy something over $100 (in this case Jordans). Now that I'm older and wiser that mentality seems completely stupid, but being bred with low self-esteem is just part of the plague going on in our communities.
Blaming Michael Jordan for the actions of other people doesn't help Stephon Marbury's plight to wake people up. Relaunching Starburys and empowering families to be proud of their economic choices is the correct step toward being part of the solution. Lead by example.
Finally, I want to touch on why people will continue to buy Jordans.
Air Jordans simply look GOOD. Personally, I've recently purchased shoes from Payless because they were fire, but to me and according to many others who have expressed their opinion on social media, Starburys don't look good at all. Not to say I'm speaking for everyone in the world either. Aesthetically, the design is usually a knock off of something made by Nike and at that point you become the laughing stock of the neighborhood. Shaq has the same wack imitation vibes going on with his sneaker line, too. Chuck Taylors are legendary because it's a unique cool looking design and the price point is always great. Maybe that would be a better motto to follow.
So in closing, Stephon Marbury I completely respect your message and what you're doing out here. I also respect you for putting your neck out on the line. TSG would even extend the offer of letting you write a guest editorial or open letter to better express yourself. We know you're not trying to paint Michael Jordan as a bad guy, but it's coming off like you are. Beware of your tone on social media because aggression and arrogance doesn't mix well on the internet.
After all, spread love it's the Brooklyn way.
PS: Tinker Hatfield, Nike's Vice President for Design, addressed the sneaker violence that happens during Jordan releases. Watch what he had to say below.
Express yourself in the comments about this whole situation and what can be done in the future to help solve the real issues at hand.