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Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 6:58 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


I know, I know, Stephon Marbury has a giant tattoo on his head and wasn't coherent for about three years there so you want to tune out everything that comes from his mouth. Totally understandable. 

When it comes to this NBA lockout stuff, though, Marbury has been surprisingly on point. All the way back in January, for example, the former NBA All-Star now playing in China was one of the first to publicly predict that the NBA players would "cave." 10 months later, the National Basketball Players Association has reportedly offered billions of dollars worth of concessions without obtaining a single improvement to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

On Tuesday, Marbury took to Twitter to address another lockout hot topic: NBA legend and current Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan's role as a hard-liner in these negotiations.

Marbury, as per usual, minced no words.
Micheal Fake Jordan is a sell out. #Period. He forgot which hole he came out of. I said it "Stephon X Marbury"... MJ went from MJ the black cat to a guy who forgot he was a player. Sell your team if you can't make a profit.. Your just a regular dude now! ... When he rapped the Bulls for 36 million for one year no ones said nothing about that... 

He's just a man. I know he's some people's GOd but real is real. Dude forgot he played and demanded millions... he wasn't my idol I just loved his game. He never did nothing that I knew about to change the life off of the court other then hit cats over the head for a 100 150 dollar sneakers and still doing it. Jim Brown said it best. Micky mouse type cat. Wave and break you pocket for as long as he can.

he didn't create nothing. The game was played way before him... 
Marbury hits on similar criticisms leveled at Jordan by current NBA players recently. The main charge is hypocrisy, because Jordan was one a strong advocate for players' rights as a player. But Marbury goes further than Washington Wizards guard Nick Young, Indiana Pacers wing Paul George, and Golden State Warriors forward Klay Thompson went in their criticism. Marbury questions Jordan's loyalty to his race, attempts to undercut his importance to basketball as a whole, and slams Jordan for charging so much money for his signature sneakers.

In one breath, Marbury accuses Jordan of being a selfish hypocrite working against his race's best interests while receiving too much credit for his contributions to his sport. That's not just "keeping it 100," that's more like keeping it approximately 284. He went in so far he's tweeting from a bathtub filled with magma.

Marbury is the rare former NBA player with nothing to lose by launching such an attack on the Greatest Of All Time. That's because he does't have much left. His credibility is in tatters, he's been cast out from the NBA, he's plying his trade half a world away and he is reportedly in millions of dollars worth of debt over his own failed sneaker company. 

Taking a moment to let them sink in, these comments leave you shaking your head. That's essentially unavoidable when a man who once devoured vaseline and live-streamed himself getting into a car crash decides to take up major social consciousness issues. But Marbury's attack here, more than anything, makes you wonder how many others agree with his thinking but are too tied into the NBA's system, or too easily influenced by Jordan's legendary power and influence, to speak up?

Is this another chapter in the ravings of a mad man, or a rare peak behind the curtain at a colleague's resentment -- perhaps silently shared by others -- of the most successful professional basketball player ever's actions and approach.

Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:31 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

I couldnt agree with you more on this topic.  You said it very well. Wink While all the kids are looking up to a man that has done very little to give back to the community or to support the minorities, he sure is making a name fr himself.  I have not nor will I ever support this man when it comes to his shoes.  While he is making bank off our struggling community he keeps taking out of the mouths of the ppl that supported his career for years and gives nothing back.... It is what it is

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:51 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

Stephon Marbury might be the smartest person alive but, he is dead on about mj. I will no linger support mj in anything he does. He is the poster BOY(said in racially disrespectful terms and I'm black) for the words "sell out". If you don't believe so, you don't know what a sell out is... 

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:44 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

Players are being "excessively greedy"? You know nothing of this lock out. Do you know what a lock out is? Do you know the players are not asking for anything in the new CBA? Do you know the owners cut off the last CBA because they were not happy with the last deal THEY signed? You speak of millionaire players, lol, that's laughable considering the owners are billionaires. And your point that the owners create a place for players to play is a legite one BUT, the players in the NBA are the best in the world and provide the owners with the talent that gets fans in the seats. Listen DUMMY, you can't have one without the other. Not just my opinion but... FACT!!! 

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:26 am

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

I respectfully disagree. As an employee, you always want to earn more money. I think MJ has the unique oppotunity to be able to see this from both sides as a player and now an owner. If the teams are in fact losing money, then the league cannot survive. The number one expense that the owners have is salary. If the salaries are not controlled, the price associated with game will continue to rise as the owner try to recoup their investment. Worst case scenario, if a player earned only $500,000 a year would they live a better lifestyle than they had before entering the league? My guess is that most would live a much better lifestyle. Enough for a nice suburban home, several nice cars and more importantly enough to invest and secure a future for themselves and their families. Keep in mind that $500,000 is the worst case scenario as most players will make far more. They need to think of where they would be if there were no NBA. Many of them (e.g Lebron, Durant) do not have college degrees. What would they be doing? They have made themselves bigger than the game. I live in the DC area and if I wanted to take my son to a game, it would cost me well over $100 after tickets, parking and concessions. It's out of control. The owners have all the risk.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:07 am

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

I side with the owners. The players are being excessively greedy. As long as the players keep demanding more and more, the higher all costs associated with game will become. Higher ticket prices, higher concessions, higher parking and so on. In the worst case scenario, the players would get 47% of the revenue and most of them would still be millionaires. If I could ask the players 2 questions, what would you be doing if there was no NBA and how much would your yearly income be? The owners were millionaires before they purchased their franchises so they have the capicity to earn money without the players. The player cannot generate the same income without the NBA and the owners. I think they need to take the deal because the sport is going to take a hit. THe NBA is not the NFL and eventually people wont care. I like college basketball more than the NBA anyway. Just my opinion

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:38 am

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

While Marbury may be a bit crazy, there is some truth in his comments.  Charles Barkley has defended Jordan's actions as a greedy owner but he is in the minority.  While I have to admit Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever lace em up in the NBA, he had to try to emulate someone and that someone is Dr. J.  During Jordan's playing days, everyone from commissioner Stern to the refs kissed his a$$!  He could do no wrong and because he was the face of the NBA, those Bulls teams got away with murder!  Jordan, as a player during the other lockout, stood in the middle of a room with owners and players and told one of the owners if you can't afford your team then sell it!  All hell broke loose but the players all rallied around Jordan.  This from a man that demanded $36 million from the Bulls for one season or he would walk.  How soon we forget!  That crap about he's an owner now does not fly!  He, of all people, should be the one person in that room of owners that could put a spin on the way the players are feeling like no other.  I've read people say the players are greedy and should take care of their money better.  HA!  What a joke!  How many people, regardless of their profession, find themselves living above their means!  So if the argument is that players should take care of their money better, the same argument has to be made about the owners.  If the owners were taking care of their money, maybe they wouldn't be so quick to try to fleece the players out of theirs.  BTW, the last collective bargaining agreement had a 57 - 43% BRI split in favor of the players.  Now, the owners want a 50/50 split of BRI with a ton of other changes made in their favor.  So the owners are already starting off way ahead of the game with the 50/50 split.  But all I keep hearing are how the players are the greedy ones!  Unbelievable!  How many people pay to see the owners play?  How many owners workout for upwards of six hours a day to stay in shape to play basketball?  How many people even care who owns the freaking teams?  Seems like the owners, like the agents, are getting rich off the backs of the players but feel no responsibilty to treat them as MEN!  Back to his Airness!  I remember when kids in Chicago and other cities were being killed for Jordan sneakers.  Jordan was asked by several people if he thought about lowering the price of his sneakers so children would not see them as worth so much to kill for!  His response; this is NOT my problem!  All one has to do is read the archives of Jordan's past or read the book "The Jordan Rules" and much will be revealed about why several people are finally starting to come out and say negative things about the "greatest" basketball player to ever lace em up!

Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:00 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

The reason why those teams never won a championship is because the Bulls beat them. The Rockets that won back to back ships didn't mean anything cause they beat the NYK and Magic both that has not gone to win? How about the 2000 lakers who beat the Pacers? Lakers that beat Philly after that, then the Nets? I could go on and on.... MJ and the owners are being more than fair....if the offer is 50/50. It's not being a sellout it is being a smart business man.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:52 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

Stephon Marbury is an idiot but a smart idiot. He'll say anything to get attention and this column gave him some undeserved attention. Stop paying attention to him and hopefully he will go away and rot away, hopefully on the planet he came from.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:49 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

MJ, you are still idolized as a player and competitor, but when it comes to being a human being and owner, you are one greedy, greedy man.
this is basically what it comes down to. MJ is no longer the player beloved my millions of people, he's on the owners side and could care less whether there is a season. truly unfortunate that even a former player can back up the players. such

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:37 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

Why would any self respecting white person root for such ghetto trash as is Marbury?When we passed the Civil Rights Bill in 1964,we'd thought we'd be getting a nation of Jackie Robinson's and Rosa Parks'.Instead,this is the result .

Demographics will doom the NBA.There aren't enough Goldman Sachs supporters out there to keep this league viable for much longer.

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