Some guys can’t get away with switching teams without the disrespect and scorn that comes along with it. For some reason, the adoration that was given because of their loyalty to the team is somehow diminished. Just last week, the entire nation, basketball fan or not, followed the story of one guy in this entire post-season free agency. After deciding to leave his old team behind to be part of a super team, HANKSTON JOYNER will never be looked at the same way again.
There have also been a few skaters who were questioned after joining particular super teams. I think it is safe to say that Plan B and Nike are considered super teams and when any of their respective skaters came on, everyone assumed it was for the money. They may or may not be right. All I know is that you most likely have never been put into such a high-pressure situation so you will never understand. Back in ’95, I had the difficult choice of taking my TRIBUTE BAND (below) to sign with a major record label. It unfortunately never panned out the way I planned and we are no longer a group.
Mike Vallely had a similar scenario. He started his own team BY THE SWORD SKATEBOARDS.
There isn’t much more info out there yet, but it looks like Mike Vallely wants to venture out start his own skateboard team. That’s a shame too because I thought that he was a perfect fit for Element and he represented very well what that team was all about. But I guess suppose there must have been some internal issues, or maybe Mike V. just wanted to do this own thing with his own concepts and his own riders. Well if anyone can pull a brand new skate team off, he should be able to do it. I back you Mike V.