CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA — NBA legend Michael Jordan had a terrifying encounter on Saturday afternoon as he and his wife, Yvette, were walking to their car with their 3 month old twin baby girls.
According to Charlotte police, as Jordan and his wife were pushing their babies in a stroller a man approached them and asked for Jordan’s autograph before reaching in to the stroller and grabbing one of the twins. Yvette was able to grab the baby before the man could get away, but he was able to remove the baby’s shoes before fleeing.
According to the police report, the custom baby shoes stolen by the man were worth nearly $3000.
“It was absolutely terrifying,” said Joseph Goldsmith of Charlotte, who witnessed the crime. “I saw Jordan walking with his kids and then this crazy looking dude came up and tried to take his kid right out of his stroller.”
The man has not yet been captured. He was described as a black male in his 20’s or 20’s last seen wearing baggy jeans and a hooded sweatshirt.
If Nike is known for something, well besides sweat shops, it has to be its affiliation with Michael Jordan. Signing the best basketball player ever to arrive on Earth, before or since, was a decent move on the part of the shoe company back in 1984. Nike also invests heavily in their research and development department. That department has been responsible for some tremendous innovations though the years. Now it seems they are dabbling on the weird side of science. They are actually trying to extract Michael Jordan’s DNA, reproduce it on a mass scale, and sell it along side his sneakers.
All this may seem far fetched, but with all the studies on human growth hormones, cloning, and nano technologies, it is not a stretch to think this could happen. And Nike has the money to see the research through. We could not get in touch with any high level researchers who are working on this project, but did manage to talk to an intern who will remain anonymous. The intern told us that the plan is to extract MJ’s DNA via a spinal tap, then once they can reproduce the exact DNA components, it will be time to sell the goods. “The process of injecting the DNA into Nike customers will be easy. A microscopic tube of the Jordan DNA strain will be placed in certain specially priced Jordan branded shoes. The injection will be a barely noticeable prick and boom, they will have part of MJ’s chemical make-up in their bodies.” We asked about a time period to test for problems with giving people such an injection, to which the intern replied, “Oh I’m sure it will be fine.”
We think this could be a big seller for Nike, as so many people already try to “Be like Mike” by wearing the man’s shoes. It could also help the younger generation of Americans, who have about .002% of the work ethic that MJ had as he was rising through the ranks of basketball. If just 10% of the lazy, fat kids in the USA can get an infusion of motivation and talent from Jordan’s DNA, then this country will be better for it.
If you are wondering why MJ would go along with this Frankenstein like research, there is a simple answer. Once the project is ready for public use, he is going to mandate that every player on his Bobcat team get a triple dose of the #23 DNA. If that does not help turn things around for his team, he will likely sell the team and try for a spot on the PGA Senior Tour.
Someone call a paramedic, I seriously just had a heart attack. One of the coolest, futuristic products from one of my all-time favorite moves is actually going to become a reality.
Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield, announced via CNet.com yesterday that Nike will be unveiling a new pair of shoes including power laces some time in 2015.
“Back to the Future” fans and sneaker fans pretty much freaked out in 2011 when Nike issued a limited number of Air Mag shoes designed after those from “Back to the Future, Part II.” In the movie, Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly time travels all the way to 2015, rides a Hoverboard, and throws on some kicks with “power laces” that tighten automatically.
The power laces were conspicuously absent from the 2011 Air Mags, but we might not have to wait much longer for them to become a reality. Tinker Hatfield, a Nike designer famous for his Air Jordan contributions, was asked about power laces at a recent event in New Orleans. His answer, according to Sole Collector, was that we should see them next year.
Ok, so it’s not a flying DeLorian or a Hoverboard and it’s probably the ugliest pair of shoes I have ever laid my eyes upon but I simply must have them..