NBA superstar and Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant thought he was paying homage to his home turf when he collaborated on a new sneaker with Nike.
But her good intentions have Prince George’s County officials crying out to the clothing giant.
The executives “sent a letter to Nike to give them an idea of the nature of the term ‘Prince George’s County’ versus ‘PG County’ just to let them know that it is, to many in the county, a pejorative,” County Executive spokesman Barry Hudson told NBC.
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Late Wednesday afternoon, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released this statement about Durant’s “PG County” shoe:
“We are very pleased with the success of one of Prince George’s County native sons, Mr. Kevin Durant. He is a great basketball player and an incredible role model who gives back to the people and children of this county. We are very proud and delighted that he decided to name his shoe after the place he grew up and clearly loves.His tribute to Prince George’s County reflects the pride we all have in our county as a place where life is good.
Nike’s website has this description of the new shoe: “Kevin Durant’s incredible journey to All-Star and MVP status began in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In this collection, a colorful crest and bright crimson fade honor his Seat Pleasant roots and become superstars.”
As a youth, Durant played basketball at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, where a hall is named after him, indicating his thousands of dollars in donations to the facility.
»Image of KD8 PG County shoe courtesy of Nike website