Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chuck D Lauds Starbury's Coney Commitment

These days, Knicks star Stephon Marbury is almost more famous for being from Coney Island and making affordable shoes than he is for playing basketball. Hopefully, Marbury will get back on the court soon. In the meantime, he will have to settle for being praised by rap legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy fame) for his commitment to his old neighborhood. In a recent interview with the sports blog, The Starting Five, Chuck held Marbury up as the epitome of a public figure:

Stephon Marbury–albeit in the middle of having a bad season and also dealing with the unfortunate passing of his father–has made more sacrifices in the past couple of years than many athletes I've heard of. He provides affordable gear and went into the Coney Island area and bought up all the barber shops so kids can get free hair cuts.

I've never heard anything as incredible as that. Stephon Marbury can walk threw Coney Island and has an aura. People know he's looked out. Nobody will touch him in the hood.

The Chuck D of Public Enemy Interview: Soul and Sports Part 1 [The Starting Five]

- post by Ben Nadler

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