Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 12:16 pm  |  38 responses

Marquis Daniels on Gang Accusations

Plus: Thoughts on the Cs and Charles Barkley.

by Maurice Bobb / @reesereport

Over the weekend, the gossip blogs were once again holding court in the Tweets. Their latest victim? Marquis Daniels of the Boston Celtics. Seems that the former Auburn standout was in a few pictures allegedly throwing gang signs and holding a red “flag,” the calling card of the notoriously violent Bloods street gang. A well-known gossip site posted the pics with the tagline: “Soo Woop!! We got some more pics of NBA Superstar Marquis Daniels…this time throwing up gang signs…and holding a red bandana!!!”

The accusations grew legs and multiple blogs lobbed grenades Daniels’ way, blasting the seven-year guard for wearing red and replacing the letter “C” in words with the letter “K,” a practice used by Bloods members to avoiding using the letter “C” because of their enmity for the rival Crips gang.

Gossip mongering about NBA players is nothing new. Hell, there’s even a friggin’ reality show, The Basketball Wives, which basically tarred and feathered players’ reputations in the League, so Daniels getting raked over the coals for his Twitter page is par for the course. Daniels, however, didn’t take kindly to the allegations and wanted to go on record to refute them. SLAMonline caught up with the Orlando native to talk about a few Cs: controversy, Celtics and (Sir) Charles.

SLAM: So what’s with the red bandana and gang signs in the pictures? Are you really in a gang?
Marquis Daniels: Of course not. The rag wasn’t mine. You want to know why I wear a lot of red? It’s simple. I think I look good in red. It looks good on me. So just because I Marquis Danielslike the color red that makes me affiliated? That makes no sense to me.

SLAM: What about the messages where you allegedly replaced the letter “C” with the letter “K?”
MD: That’s absurd, too. Who doesn’t shorten words in their text messages? And to say I replace the letter “C” with the letter “K” is crazy. Where are they getting that from? People are always searching for something negative to say. To even say that I’m in a gang is absurd. I would never put myself in that kind of situation. I respect myself, my family and my fans, especially the kids who look up to me, too much for that.

SLAM: What do you say to people who say that you at least know gang members?
MD: Look, I grew up in a rough neighborhood and I stayed away from stuff like that. My mom worked hard when I was growing up and it made me want to work hard. So when I got to college, I did what I needed to do to graduate in less than four years and kept at it when I didn’t get drafted to accomplish my dream of playing in the NBA. Watching my Mom made me want to be strong and go even harder. So now that I’ve made it, I like to go back to my neighborhood and show those that got caught up in the streets or didn’t make it out that there’s another way. I want to inspire people. There aren’t many players coming back to my neighborhood so I wanted to do that. I want to help. That’s why I always go to the schools and talk to kids. That’s why I sponsor AAU teams and help kids get scholarships. I got my degree in sociology because I wanted to help kids. I love kids. I have kids of my own. So for me, when I see kids light up when I come to the rec centers and they tell me that I inspire them, that’s everything.

SLAM: What was you initial reaction to the accusations?
MD: I was disappointed. I didn’t wanna overreact to it but it reminded me that I have to be more careful about what goes on around me. And as for them talking about me, I just think about the fact that people talked about Jesus, so who am I? People are gonna talk but why not go to the source? I’m easy to get in contact with. I have nothing to hide.

SLAM: So do you want to abandon Twitter since you now know Tweets is watchin’?
MD: Not at all. I try to stay away from blogs and be careful as possible. You gotta know when to do things and when not to do things. I use my Twitter for inspiration. I’m a very down to earth, very humble guy who talks to God a lot and tries to inspire people and I’m going to continue to do that.

SLAM: Speaking of inspiration, you must have plenty considering the Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the Finals. What’s the mindset of the team right now?
MD: That loss was really painful to deal with, but we’re gonna be OK. It made us wanna get back to work. It made us hungry.

SLAM: What are your thoughts about the moves the Celts made in the offseason?
MD: I think we got better with the additions of Shaq, Jermaine and Delonte. And we have future Hall of Famers in Kevin, Ray and Paul, and Rondo really came into his own, so I’m really looking forward to a great season.

SLAM: How big was it for Doc Rivers to return to the Celtic bench?
MD: It was huge. He’s a real players’ coach. He understands a lot. He’s very demanding and he doesn’t like to waste any time. He brings the best out of you.

SLAM: How are you in terms of health?
MD: I’m healthy. I’m over the thumb injury, and I want to come in this season and show that I can still play this game at a high level.

SLAM: What do you think your role will be on this team?
MD: I guess I’ll know that Monday. [Laughs] I think my job will be as a key defensive player to help shut down the LeBrons and Carmelos and DWades in the League.

SLAM: Great segue Marquis. What are your thoughts on the Heat’s supposed super team?
MD: I don’t wanna give ‘em that just yet. On paper they look really good but they still gotta go out there and put it all together and win games. I respect everybody in this league. Orlando is still good, Atlanta and Milwaukee was on the rise until they lost Andrew Bogut. There are some great teams in the East so it’s premature to just give it to the Heat. But this team is gonna be a force, too. We’re hungry.

SLAM: As an Auburn alum, what are your thoughts on Charles Barkley’s admission that he took agent money while he played there?
MD: Charles is always gonna be Charles. He says what people wanna hear and need to hear. Charles is a great friend. I still remember the first time I met Charles. The school was retiring his jersey and he came into the locker room and said to us: “This is my day, don’t fuck it up.”

SLAM: Sounds like the Chuckster. What’s something else you remember his saying to you about playing in the League?
MD: He told me to never be a “What if” guy. Never say “what if” about how you played the game. Always go hard. Always play hard. So when you look at yourself in the mirror each night, you never had to say what if.

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  • JTaylor21

    YOU LIE!!!!

  • Orlando

    Marquis does so much for the Orlando community. He is such a good person and has a great spirit. Orlando supports him 100%! Keep doing great things Marquis and you will continue to be rewarded

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Sigh…didn’t we just go through this with JR Smith? This is the same cat that has a tat of dude blowing his brains out with a shotgun on his forearem. Why can’t these dudes be like the NBA players from Chicago and just keep their gang affiliations out of the public eye? SMH…

  • Dagger

    Yeah, Marquis… Keep talking like you have no idea. Red looks good on ne lolol. Whos affiliated from The Chi?

  • yaos foot

    Marquis is ballin with his bloods. they call it B BALL

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “And to say I replace the letter ‘c’ with the letter ‘k’ is krazy!”

  • http://screwjams.tumblr.com cramzy

    nba superstar? word?

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    They did this same thing to paul pierke

  • JTaylor21

    @Dagger, Drose was “allegedly” seen throwing up the Gs sign.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Dagger: The DRose incident when he was at Memphis where that pic circulated where he “was” throwing up the pitchforks, a sign of the GD’s in Chicago, is just a byproduct of growing up on the south side in the Englewood neighborhood where it’s the dominant gang. But he’s not really a gang banger, it’s just that when you grow up in a certain part of town, you identify with whatever gang is repped in your neighborhood. But it’s not just him, he’s just the only player from the Chi that had a major dust-up about it.

  • Largo

    Drose and ‘Toine Walker were accused. His PR move is laughable.

  • http://twitter.com/max_in_missouri Max in Missouri

    If he’s in a gang, he needs to man up and say so. If not, he needs to stop being a poser. It is really that simple. Either the NBA should do something to him for being in a gang or the gang should do something to him for no reppin’…. you can’t have it both ways and be a Hollywood Thug

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Co-sign Bryan Crawford. As a lil youngin’ I used to throw up the crown at folks (and peoples) and wear black and yellow a lot even though I never had any inclination of joining the Latin Kings…it just all seemed natural to me cause they controlled my hood. And this was in the suburbs, granted one of the tougher Chicago suburbs, but sure as hell no Englewood. Product of your enviroment, man.

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    so true Bryan. great way to explain it. I use to wear a lot of black and blue and do the Folks handshake because GD was the gang in my neighborhood in Gary,IN. Even though i was not out there gang banging that was my hood. and even to this day i still break my hat a lil to the right(ala c.c. sabathia) because thats how we repped where we were from and the people in it. Itdoesnt mean that i or marquise is a gang banger. i guess u have to be part of the culture to understand it.

  • StevefromPhilly

    That dude is just doing damage control. If he really wanted to clean his act up all he has to do is cut those prison braids off and quit wearing those whack And1′s.

  • StevefromPhilly

    That dude is just doing damage control. If he really wanted to clean his act up all he has to do is cut those prison braids off and quit wearing those whack And1′s.

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    steve^ i thinh=k they are called Dread Locs… But hey i might be wrong

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “prison braids”??? WTF? That’s ignorant. So if you’re white and shave your head are you a skinhead?

  • JTaylor21

    @Enigmatic, correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t LKs down with peoples and Gs with folks, especially in Chicago.

  • rob stewart

    Please tell me the difference between “braids” and “prison braids”. This would really help me out as I judge people in society. Please grant me your awesome insight.

  • rob stewart

    Sorry I meant @ SteveFromPhilly

    Please tell me the difference between “braids” and “prison braids”

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    LMAO at NBA gangbangers

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @JTaylor21 – yeah, Kings are People, GD’s are Folks. Each “nation” has like 30 or 40 gangs, but it gets hella crazy and confusing as to who gets along with who where. Shoot, where I grew up Vice Lords and GDs used to hang out together and used to war with the Kings and the Four Corner Hustlers. There’s so many damn gangs it’s crazy. Kings, Vice Lords, Bishops, Counts, Stones, Insane Unknowns, Maniacs, Cobras, Eagles, Two-Sixers, Black Disicples, Spanish Disciples, Satan’s Disciples, 4CH’s, it goes on and on… but now I live in peaceful Alaska!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    And it’s all good rob stewart, but don’t expect a response from steve, I’m not.

  • str8 from samoa

    dude looks like waka flocka haha

  • JTaylor21

    He damn sure doesn’t GO HARD IN DA PAINT!

  • MikeC.

    I always thought Marquis looked like the lost member of the Boot Camp Clik. In the immortal words of Sean Price: “This ain’t no gangsta rap/how many muthaphuckin’ gangstas rap?” Or in this case,play NBA basketball.

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    “You think that bandana makes you look gangster, when all I see is a handkerchief”-Lloyd Banks

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Royce Da’ 5’9″.

  • JoeMaMa

    I don’t know if it was posted on Slam before, but if you guys want to see the biggest waste of money of all time, find the video where Daniels gets a chain with a replica of his head…in 3D. better yet, just go to google and type in “Marquis Daniels Chain”. It’s…the last sign of the apocalypse.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Learned a lot about chicago gang culture here.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I just lost what little respect I had for this guy… A lot of alledgid bloods in the NBA- Stephen Jackson, Paul Pierce, J.R. Smith, Daniels.. Wheres all the crips????

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Shout out to stephen jackson and PA TX. And to Pimp C, rip

  • Trouble

    1090 Blokk Boyz

  • Tim

    Cool article. I don’t think he’s in a gang, I think that the blogs like to find dirt on athletes to make the stories look better. Just seems suspect to make him a gang memeber because of a color he’s wearing or k’s and c’s… smh

  • Mr TJ

    I wear red and black all the time, doesnt mean im a stone, vicelord, or a blood. People look way into things like that, and anyway hes a little too old and rich to be gangbanging real talk.

  • Mr TJ

    Also east side crazy, chicago in here

  • StevefromPhilly

    I will tell you the difference. Its when you look at dudes in Pen how they wear their braids and you look at how dudes that are not or have not went to the Pen wear their braids. Women definitely do a better job and it looks like he had some dude doing his doo in the basement that just got out of the joint.
    If you can’t tell the difference, you probably were wearing State Property and braiding your bread.