Knicks’ Emmanuel Mudiay Reads Mean Under Armour Comments

Having made a career out of going against the grain, it's not surprising that Emmanuel Mudiay bucked the trend by joining the Under Armour family when he turned pro in 2014. One of several UA team athletes wearing the new knitted Heatseeker sneaker, Mudiay is now playing in New York, where thick skin is necessary to grind through the ups and downs of hooping in the Mecca.

That thick skin also helps Mudiay deal with the flack he catches for being with a footwear brand still in search of its identity in the market. Just 22-years old, Under Armour has come a long way in recent years, but it hasn't stopped its detractors from making noise. On the most recent episode of Release Roundup, Rich 'MaZe' Lopez addressed the haters and even read some of the mean-spirited messages regarding UA that some readers have left on Sole Collector's social media channels. Mudiay handled the criticism well, representing the brand like a true ambassador.

One of the most common complaints about Under Armour footwear is the design of its primary logo and how it looks on shoes. Instead of being combative, Mudiay offered an honest assessment.

“Trust me, we have all talked about that. Even the people involved. If you look at Steph's new shoe, the sign is super little. And that's something that, when they come to me when I have my PEs and stuff to, they always ask me what you think about the logo. I be like we gotta bring that down, it's so big on everything.”

Watch Mudiay fend off more anti-UA comments in the video above.

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These Students Refuse to Be Silent About Gun Control

Students and activists from Brooklyn, New York united on #NationalWalkoutDay to send a powerful message about the need for gun control reform.

A number of them told us what lawmakers are getting wrong about gun control, what would actually make them feel safer, and sent words of encouragement to their peers at Stomeman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

March for Our Lives will take place March 24 in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Visit here for more information.

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The Real Reasons Students Walked Out of School to Protest Gun Violence

The mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has led to an important conversation about gun violence in America, as well as active demonstrations highlighting the need for gun control reform. Wednesday (March 14), exactly one month after the shooting, thousands of students nationwide walked out of class for 17 minutes in solidarity for #NationalWalkoutDay, including students at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York.

The video above captures their reasoning for walking out, along with the overall message: enough is enough.

Survivors of the mass shooting have spearheaded March for Our Lives, which will take place March 24 in Washington, D.C., as well as across the country. You can learn more about March for Our Lives by visiting here

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Martin Shkreli Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Securities Fraud

Self-proclaimed “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, who infamously raised the price of a live-saving HIV drug and bought the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud.

Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto heard arguments in Brooklyn, New York, Friday on how long Shkreli should spend in jail, ultimately deciding on seven years after initially suggesting 15.

According to those at the scene, Shkreli cried during the sentencing, apologizing to his investors and admitting that he's made a lot of mistakes in his career. His attorney argued that Shkreli deserved only 18 months or less in prison, explaining that he shouldn't be punished for having a big mouth. Matsuomoto explained that he didn't take any of his actions outside of security fraud into account during the sentencing, but let's be real if he did he'd be sentenced for even longer.

Shkreli's own lawyer mentioned during the sentencing that he wanted to punch Shkreli in the face, which is good to know. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis also said during the sentencing that Shkreli has “no respect whatsoever” for the law.

Shkreli was recently ordered to forfeit his stake in the $2 million Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, as well as what may or may not be Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V.

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Migos Sued for Provoking a Riot at 2015 Concert

Migos are being sued for provoking a riot during a 2015 concert in Albany, New York, where several people were stabbed, according to TMZ. The suit also alleges that the venue lost sales, and that the concert led to long-lasting damage.

Per the lawsuit—which was filed by the venue, Albany Armory—Migos appeared at the show hours after their call time, which reportedly upset the audience. The lawsuit alleges that upon arrival, the trio smelled of weed and alcohol and declined to honor a scheduled meet-and-greet, which many fans paid for.

“The actions of the defendants caused patrons to be stabbed, robbed, beaten, severely harmed, and injured as the defendants continued to incite a select group of individuals to continue the onslaught of attacks, assaults, and destruction of the premises,” the lawsuit reads. “Despite the severity of the incident the defendants were seen laughing and egging the crowd on as metal gates were ripped from the ground and thrown into the crowd.”

The venue owner, Albany Basketball & Sports Corporation alleges that it lost its liquor license “as a result of the fight and subsequent negative media attention,” requiring the venue to call off concerts. Representatives for the Armory are requesting that whatever monetary amount is owed to them be decided at trial.

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According to The Alt, a separate suit was filed against Migos and Albany Basketball & Sports Corporation by Sharome Ross, who was an attendee at the 2015 show. Ross asserts that he “was attacked and assaulted by persons who were in attendance at the same show,” and endured “serious permanent personal injuries…caused solely by reason of the negligence of the defendants.”

The venue claims Migos is known for its bad behavior, and for violence and lawlessness.

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Watch ‘Horse Power,’ Our New Documentary That Highlights Hip-Hop’s Impact on Polo Ralph Lauren

Founded in 1967 by Bronx-born Ralph Lifshitz, Polo Ralph Lauren has dressed everyone from presidents to Olympians to your favorite rappers. Except, said rappers weren’t getting seeded or personally styled by the company up until more recently.

Hip-hop has served as a pro bono marketing agency for the billion-dollar fashion house for nearly three decades, but not anymore. Finally, Polo is recognizing the influence rap music has done for the brand with the 25th anniversary re-release of both its Stadium and Snowboarding collections, and placing rappers Thirstin Howl the 3rd and Meyhem Lauren in ads.

It took hip-hop a long time to get here, though. What started out in the streets of New York by the Lo-Lifes—a Brooklyn street crew whose preferred uniform was Polo—eventually seeped into the region’s hip-hop scene, turning a thing like Raekwon wearing a Snow Beach pullover jacket in the “Can It Be All So Simple” video into an unforgettable moment. Rap took something that was made for upper class preppy white kids and made it their own. “Our culture is based on taking things that aren’t meant for us or weren’t intended for us and making it ours,” as Just Blaze puts it.

With music provided by Thelonious Martin and featuring Raekwon, Just Blaze, Big Boi, 2 Chainz, ASAP Ferg, 88-Keys, Young Dro, Daymond John, Dapper Dan, Fonzworth Bentley, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, and other original Lo-Life members, this documentary explores that juxtaposition. Watch Horse Power above to learn about hip-hop’s love affair with Polo Ralph Lauren.

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Halsey Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex | Sneaker Shopping

Halsey goes Sneaker Shopping at Flight Club in New York and drops serious sneaker knowledge, talks about buying G-Eazy a rare pair of Air Jordans, and says why she loves dad sneakers.

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Jerry Lorenzo, ASAP Ferg & Deon Point Discuss the Pros and Cons of Exclusive Drops | ComplexCon(versations)

If you haven't lined up for a limited clothing release or sneaker drop, you probably know someone who has. It's a reality in streetwear culture today that affects retailers and consumers, and has also given way to a massive resale market. 

At ComplexCon 2017, Union LA's Chris Gibbs and Complex's own Karizza Sanchez hosted the Drop Science panel, which highlighted the pros and cons of exclusive drops. Jerry Lorenzo (founder, Fear of God), Deon Point (creative director, Concepts), Kevin Le (marketing supervisor, Bape), Racks Hogan, and ASAP Ferg joined in on the conversation to offer their insight on the topic.

The resale market for sneakers and limited drops has become a billion dollar industry, and retailers and creatives realize it's impossible to prevent people from selling the product to earn a few extra bucks. “It's definitely a gift and curse for sure. You like to see your product skyrocket and reach an elevated cost in what people paid, but you want people wearing your shit,” Point explains. “If I see a kid… they tag me in [a photo] like, 'Yo, I'm selling these.' Motherfucker I want you to wear 'em!”

Lorenzo offers a similar sentiment about his Fear of God line. “I love to see kids wearing it and enjoying it, but you can only do so much from this side. Once it hits the market it kind is what it is, and you have to not really be attached to that after part of the transaction.”

Racks Hogan has built up a rep as a go-to reseller in the New York area, and he breaks down his approach to how he decides the price for certain product. Ferg also recounts the time he waited in line to cop the Nike Air Yeezy, and based on his story it wasn't the safest environment to be in.

Bradford Shellhammer of eBay also drops in to share some data about the e-commerce giant, as well as give away a pair of the limited Shoe Surgeon x eBay x Jordan 1.

Catch the full video up top, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Rick Ross, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, Cam'ron, and more.

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Porzingis Injured; Magic Johnson Giannis Tampering; John Wall Shade | Out of Bounds

Not the Unicorn!!! Knicks fans’ worst nightmare came true last night when Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL — an injury that could keep him out up to a year and change him as a player. Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew discuss the impact of the injury, including whether New York should explore trading KP. Next, they talk tampering, with the Lakers fined $50K for praise Magic Johnson heaped on Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Gil feels some kinda way about the situation and hilariously compares it to dating as only he can. With the reveal of fallen star Derrick Rose’s bulletproof Adidas contract, Gil explains the deal in “Secure the Bag,” from Rose’s initial leverage, to why Adidas hasn’t wiggled out, and how it affects bigger stars on the Adidas roster. One such star, injured All-Star point guard John Wall, recently responded to shade thrown his way by Wiz teammates, and the OOB gang gets into the source of the tension, as well as the effect it might have. Could the Lakers capitalize on unrest in Washington to bring Wall to LA and start building the next super-team? Finally, following an announcement that the San Francisco Giants will retire controversial slugger Barry Bonds’ number 25 — despite MLB HOF voters hating on him for his surly attitude and suspected steroids use — the guys discuss whether or not it’s time to stop being salty and just embrace the steroid era for what it was.

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