Apparently, something happened with Don Bambrick and Razors.
Some crime was committed involving a hot tub, and no, I’m not talking about the movie Hot Tub Time Machine.
But everything seemed fine earlier this week.
And then something happened. Maybe.
And there seems to be a name also missing from this:
Then again, it couldn’t have been anything major because as of Monday morning, this was still the home page for the Razors’ website.
I mean, if something major did happen, we’d expect to hear about it, right? I mean, officially, and not outside rumors and gossip and such. Because if the rumors were true and Don no longer is welcome to ride for Razors anymore, you wouldn’t think there’d be an image of him on the home page with his pro skates. So nothing big could have happened, right?
Then again, if you collect skate memorabilia, owning the Razors Don Bambrick pro model that he had when he was kicked off the Razors team while it was still available would be pretty awesome. So, yeah, there are skates to sell, right?
Then again, I did hear something about some episode of MTV Cribs that didn’t make the cut to air on cable, but it was still was good enough for Vibralux’s Adam Johnson to host:
There are a lot of things going around at the reasons why this was such a big deal:
1. It was filmed while SDSF was going on.
2. It “disrespected” the Razors house.
3. It was a VX edit that featured a Razors’ ad.
4. There was the N-bomb dropped a few times.
Yes, Don Bambrick no longer rides for Razors. Will there ever be anything official stated about it from Razors? Doubt it. The best we can hope for is a one-sided Q&A article in either Be-Mag or ONE. Will anyone — and I mean the companies, not the skaters killing their professional careers by talking shit on people who pay their bills — ever announce anything official other than leaving the reputation of their company riding on idiots writing on the internet (myself included)?
No. Skating companies decide to never say anything about anything when someone either quits their teams or is kicked off. Yes, there are announcements for people being added and when a new pro skate drops, but never on the adverse side of the thing. Basically, we — you know, the people that fund blading — are only given bits of gossip and nothing official.
New pro = money to be made.
Pro leaving under bad circumstances = money lost.
We, the majority of rollerbladers with absolutely no financial stake in rollerblading other than deciding what company’s new skates to buy, have to survive on rumors and conjecture merely because that’s the status quo and no one wants to throw salt in fresh wounds. Or something lame like that.
However, we are supposed to buy the skates with our favorite pros’ names on them and support companies that support them, but when it comes to legitimate information into people we all look up to and may even revere as gods we are left wandering blindly on the side of the information highway like some date rape victim who just pulled herself out of a ditch.
Apparently, this is part of what made Don, as it was stated on the Vibralux site under the post SDSF’d Up Right?, “the biggest free agent in rollerblading since LeBron James…” As if there wasn’t enough talk all over about what happened, you need to check out their post just for the comments alone.
Still, one of the funniest things to come from all this was what was going on inside — and later outside — of a thread on Be-Mag.
Apparently, some kid likes to hate on Bakerized Skate Shop. And in doing so, he gets called out by Bakerized’s owner not just on Be-Mag, but also on the Bakerized Facebook page:
Now, while I’m no small business owner, I can grasp the concept of being protective of your business and your customer base. So, I’m not sure of taking online shit-talking to the next level (which has since been deleted from the Bakerized Facebook page) is different than protecting your business, but then again, I have no business. I don’t know. I’ve never tried to make a buck off blading.
I’m not sure there are internet laws, but I think taking an argument from one forum and taking it to something else might constitute a crime over state lines or something. Then again, crossing over is what Bakerized does, I guess. They now sell skateboarding stuff, too.
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