New Orleans Residents Mad At Lil Wayne Over Unfinished Skatepark – Tha Wire [VIDEO]
New Orleans 9th Ward residents are upset with Lil Wayne because he hasn't finish a community skatepark as promised. Get all the details now.
Lil Wayne planned to share his love of skateboarding with residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward by building a skatepark. As previously reported, the skatepark was going to be called the “Trukstop Skatepark” as part of Weezy and Mountain Dew’s “DEWeezy” marketing campaign in association with the Glu Agency. In fact, the grand opening for the park was held at the Lower 9th Ward Village community center back in 2012.
That same year the Glu Agency signed a leasing agreement that included paying off the center’s mortgage and covering all maintenance and repair. The problem is, It didn't include coverage of electric, plumbing, heating or cooling systems. Because of that, nobody’s been able to use the park. To make matter worse, Nola.com is reporting, the Lower 9th Ward Village is facing financial issues and may have to close all together.
As far as Lil Wayne position with the skatepark, the rapper reportedly removed himself from involvement with the park’s construction and management all together. Not to mention the fact that he lost his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew because of his “Emmett Till” lyrics on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix)”.
That said, Weezy did release a statement on the situation and you can hear what he had to say inside Tha Wire below. Lower 9th Ward Village founder Ward “Mack” McClendon claims the skateparks connection to Lil Wayne and Mountain Dew dried up donations to the center adding, “People stopped giving money because they thought Lil Wayne owned the place.”
Though Weezy said he would like to help his city in different areas, some New Orleans residents want him to finish the skatepark like he promised. By the way, Pepsi (Mountain Dew’s parent company) isn't getting off the hook so easy, as those same residents wanna know why the soda giant hasn't stepped in to complete the project.
In the meantime, McClendon is trying desperately to raise $160,000 to avoid foreclosure on the Lower 9th Ward Village community center. The following is what Nola.com readers had to say about the issue:
Mountain Dew dropped Wayne for his statements about Emmett Till. So be it. That’s no excuse for Wayne to not see a project that was allegedly so important to him to it’s full fruition. It’s as if he put his name on the project for publicity and funding and then just wanted to be able to come here and skate. – TwillDog
(Lil Wayne) if you really cared about this city you’d put your money where your mouth is. The kids need places to expend their energy. Why not invest a couple hunnid thou to help the cause. -Got2bReal
Surely PepsiCo who owns Mountain Dew can take over this project and bring it to completion. Take Little Wayne’s name off of it and [wipe] your hands clean of the Glu Agency and invest back into this project you helped start. - louisianabanker
However, some readers say crime in the area has affected business investment and suggest the area may be better for commercial use. Yet others, point out the center provides a positive environment for young people that may otherwise not have an outlet to avoid the problems in their neighborhood.
Finally, as expected Donlad Sterling ain’t going out without a fight. According to reports he’s hired a few law firms and plans to sue the NBA for trying to force him to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. As previously mentioned, in addition to an outright ban, several NBA owners are expected to vote to strip Sterling of his ownership.
The New York Daily News reports the NBA’s constitution only allows the league to take this kind of action if the owner is involved in criminal behavior, isn’t financially stable, is gambling or fixing games.
Listen to Tha Wire below and find out how Sterling is planning to use that, to win his lawsuit. The other part of the Sterling’s compliant is about the team taxes. Sterling will more than likely have to pay 33% in state and national capital gains taxes as well.
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