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Kevin Durant Speaks Out On Black Identity

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Kevin Durant is coming off one of the best years of his life. He signed with the Golden State Warriors and finally achieved his childhood dream of winning an NBA Championship. He also collected his first NBA Finals MVP. Life on the court and inside the locker room couldn’t be better for Durant. Outside of the court is an entirely different experience for the NBA All-Star.

In a recent interview with Logan Murdock from Mercury News, Durant spoke about his identity as a Black athlete vs what most African Americans have to endure on a day to day basis.  When asked by Murdock what changed his views on his identity, Durant stated he started to realize that his status as NBA All-Star was affording him some privileges that most African Americans don’t have.

“Finally waking up, to be honest. Just kind of seeing how rough it is for an average black man, you know what I’m saying? And on top of that, a black man makes one mistake” said the 29-year-old MVP. “I see how far we get pushed down. For me, I kind of grew up in this basketball world, whereas my talent kind of overrides what I look like.”

“I didn’t have it as rough when it comes to that, as far as social or systematic oppression or any social issues. They didn’t really apply to me because I could put a ball in a basket. Just me saying that kind of woke me up a little bit, like “Damn, that’s all I’m good for?” Like, if I wasn’t a basketball player, what kind of man would they look at me as, you know what I’m saying?”

Durant even spoke on some of the systemic oppression that African Americans face in society and at their workplace.  “Anything involving basketball with us is such a huge, huge deal, and then you hear stories of how players want to stand up for what they believe in, stand up for social justice, systematic oppression. You see what’s going on with Meek Mill right now, which is f-ing ridiculous, and he’s actually doing something great with himself.”

“Then I hear my friends talk about what it’s like in the corporate world for black folks. You automatically just get viewed as something that you’re not or something that somebody else may have been, may have done.” said Durant “A lot of feelings get projected on you because of what you look like or how you present yourself. It’s like, so much sh-t that goes on that I see now that I didn’t see before.”

There are so many people that watch sports and want athletes to only care about entertaining them. Ignoring the fact that they are human, they have family and friends that have to endure more than they ever will. As more and more athletes speak up, more fans need to wake up.

Athletes should be able to use their platform for change.

VIA: Mercury News

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Kyle Kuzma Signs Deal With GOAT To Wear Rare Nikes

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Los Angeles’ Lakers’ second-year forward Kyle Kuzma has signed a deal with GOAT, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers, making him the first athlete to partner with a sneaker reselling platform.

“GOAT has inspired me to start collecting more seriously and build my style around sneakers,” said Kyle Kuzma. “People assume that, as an NBA athlete, you can get access to any kind of sneaker you want. When in reality, it’s hard to get the exclusive releases or shoes from the past, and feel confident they’re authentic. GOAT gives me a second chance at not only the limited releases I missed, but also the shoes I wasn’t able to afford growing up.”
“GOAT has always celebrated great athletes,” said Eddy Lu, co-founder and CEO of GOAT. “Kuzma is emblematic of the passion, focus, and determination that reflect what it means to be great. We couldn’t be more proud to have Kuzma represent the GOAT brand, and inspire others both on and off the court.”
Since the NBA removed its restrictions on what color sneakers players can wear on the court.  The deal will allow Kuzma to wear any color combinations of rare kicks.

 

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Adidas Releasing Limited Edition Waterboy Collection

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Adidas is officially releasing a Bobby Boucher jersey from 1998 classic Waterboy.

The jersey is apart of limited edition collection to celebrate Adam Sandler’s iconic character. The gear will feature the SCLSU (South Central Louisiana State University) Mud Dogs apparel from their Bourbon Bowl victory. Boucher was the linebacker that led the team to an epic comeback win 30-27.

The Adidas Bobby Boucher Mud Dogs’ replica jersey recreates the original Adidas Mud Dogs’ uniforms worn in the film. Centered around the classic orange home colorway, the jersey features Boucher’s name on the back, the #9 and the Bourbon Bowl Championship patch on the upper left chest. Additional design details include the royal blue and white striping across the sleeves and neckline.

The limited edition capsule collection will feature key pieces of apparel and accessories seen throughout the 1998 classic film have been recreated for fans of Bobby Boucher and the Mud Dogs, including the Bobby Boucher Mud Dogs’ replica jersey ($120), Coach Klein’s varsity jacket ($100), an SCLSU hat ($30) and SCLSU water bottles ($20).

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Chance The Rapper Goes Undercover As A Lyft Drive For Charity

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Chance the Rapper’s latest act of charity included taking people around Chicago as an undercover Lyft driver. In partnership with Lyft’s Round Up & Donate feature, Chance’s new Socialworks program New Chance Fund is raising money for Chicago’s Public Schools through the ride app.

“Together, Lyft and I have been giving back with Round Up & Donate for SocialWorks’ New Chance Fund,” said the Chicago native. “Now, we’re having some fun in my hometown, Chicago, as I go undercover as a Lyft driver. I hope this video encourages even more folks to give back just by taking a Lyft.”

“We share Chance’s commitment to investing in our communities and are proud to support Chicago Public schools through Round Up & Donate. We had a blast surprising fans with Chance as their driver while showing them how easy it is to donate to causes they care about,” said Austin Schumacher, Head of Culture & Entertainment Marketing at Lyft.

Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper announced that he’s donating $1 million to mental health services in Chicago at the second annual SocialWorks summit.

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