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Sometimes it hurts to not be affiliated with Nike

Posted on: June 8, 2009 4:04 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2009 4:09 pm

Martavious Newby is one of the better young prospects in the city of Memphis.

He had an interesting quote in Monday's newspaper about Memphis' Elite Camp.

"I was about to go to Tennessee's camp up there, but I changed my mind," Newby told The Commercial Appeal . "I mean, I like Tennessee, but I had to come over here and see how it is, because I like Memphis. That's where I might be going. So I told my high school coach I changed my mind."

Changed his mind?

"I love him to death," Newby's AAU coach, Keith Easterwood, told on Monday. "But he never had a mind to change."

Before you can understand this story -- and, specifically, how Memphis ended up with most of the top local players on campus last Friday and Saturday -- you need to understand the back story, that Easterwood coaches the best Class of 2011 and 2012 prospects in the area. You also need to know that his team is funded by Nike. And that Memphis is a "Nike" school. And that Tennessee is an "Adidas" school. And that both schools held Elite Camps this past weekend.

OK, you got all that?


Now I'll let Easterwood tell the story.

"I polled my kids after a game," Easterwood said. "I asked 12 kids: 'Do you want to go to the Memphis Elite Camp or the Tennessee Elite Camp?' ... And all of them, to a man, said they wanted to go to Knoxville. Well, that was good for me. So we did what we had to do to get prepared to get them up there, talked to parents, one thing and another."

And then ...

"I got some calls, some were shoe-affiliated," Easterwood said. "Nike, Adidas, you can connect the dots. ... Memphis is Nike. I'm with a Nike AAU program. And it was expressed to me that it would be in my best interests to stay home and not make the trip to Knoxville, which is what we ultimately did."

Easterwood declined to name the person who called him, but promised it was a "person of influence" with Nike ties. He said he was also told that one of his players, Andre Hollins, might not get an invitation to this week's prestigious Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis if he attended UT's Elite Camp instead of Memphis' Elite Camp.

"The kids didn't know the behind-the-scenes stuff," Easterwood said. "But I had to let [Hollins'] parents know what was at stake if they made that trip."

Once Easterwood told them, they didn't make that trip.

And Hollins' invitation to the Nike Hoop Jamboree subsequently arrived, as expected.
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2009 5:12 pm

Sometimes it hurts to not be affiliated with Nike

And I bet you just boohoo at all the stuff you probably wear and own that was created by methods that are killing the human race. It's not just Nike and don't make it sound like you are the ideal citizen who only buys organic food (which all food is organic if you know a lick of chemistry), drives hybrid cars, and only lives on solar power.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2009 5:03 pm

Sometimes it hurts to not be affiliated with Nike

Have not purcahsed a Nike product since the original Air Jordan shoe in 1986. It lasted less than one season in basketball. Then I found out how much Nike was paying the children of Asia to make their product. I have also sworn off Adidas since the early 90's. Funny how "American" companies say they can't afford to make the product domestically and still charge us an average of $120 for a pair of shoes. Pretty sure that if you looked at the numbers that the cost of making that pair of shoes is somewhere south of $20. Also, everytime your kid kicks a Nike soccer ball, remember the little Pakastani CHILD who made that ball is taking home about $0.60 a day for their labor. How much did you pay for that soccer ball?

Nike is not the inventor of scumbag economics, but they - you knew this was coming - "Just Do It!"

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2009 4:40 pm

Sometimes it hurts to not be affiliated with Nike

Power of the SWOOSH! they sure live up to their slogan "Just Do It".

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2009 4:38 pm

Participate in the Lives of Asia's Youth

This is such an evil system.  I despise Nike especially, and we must stand up against their evilness.  Why arent people outraged?  Why dont athletes ever stand up to their evil ways instead of taking money and looking the other way?  Shouldnt just one athlete go against them?  Im so sick of people loving a slave-owning company.  NBA players might as well support an 18th century plantation and support the return of chattel slavery.  How is supporting slavery in China different than supporting it in the Confederate States of America? 

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