Jeremy Lin wears faith on sleeve
NBA star sports Christian wristband
- Duration 4:13
- Date Feb 26, 2012
NBA star sports Christian wristband
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If you haven't caught wind of the -- insanity surrounding NBA superstar Jeremy -- you probably been living under our rock crystal like sports at all.
The player is even boosting businesses for a Houston w.'s business for a Houston company thanks to that orange wrist band.
That he wears that inspirational message that reads in Jesus name -- play.
Joining us now is the brains behind the racists that live another Christian athletes have been sporting co-founder of active faith -- Smith good morning to -- Good morning everybody thanks -- Boy did you get lucky with this one I've -- it's it's a great product but you had no idea how did or Jeremy Lin would take off tell us about the idea.
It came from you know unfortunate situation of mine I was playing professionally -- -- -- BA development league.
And signed on with the Sacramento Kings for training camp in pre season and experienced.
Career ending injury knee injury.
My -- -- sudden I was always important to me and I was in a position where I was just kind of asking god to -- me.
What you wanted out of my life -- -- -- -- use me.
And I was blessed with this idea for -- Christian sports apparel brand and that allowed me to merge my faith and my love for sports at the same time.
And it's kinda.
Just taken off here with just the popularity of -- Yes so let's get that story now which how -- how the world did he come to Wear these -- that's how did you guys meet.
And are you shocked by the outcome of.
I've known Jimmy for about a year now he was actually playing in the NBA development league last year.
And house watching a game -- who is in the first thing he says.
Do an interview after the game was he -- to take his lord and savior Jesus Christ for his ability and opportunity.
I had a mutual friend Patrick Ewing junior who was playing on the same team and I reached out to them.
And so the net you know Jimmy with the type of athlete that we wanted representing our brand.
So fast forward.
A year later he actually was released by the Golden State Warriors and picked up by the Houston Rockets and you know we talked briefly.
And now not so much so -- Houston when he got here.
And -- keeping for too long they cut him as well and then in New York Knicks pick them up.
And about two weeks later -- knicks were in town to play the rockets and before the game.
I met up with them and I gave them some of the horns in Jesus name I played -- he was already -- them.
And down but I do in the -- to -- New York Knicks uniform.
And about a week and a half later that in the Holman said anything just kind of took offense.
It's it's it's been surreal I mean I look at.
The cover of Sports Illustrated and see him on there when the bands.
The USA today article they came out about a week ago.
He's on there when the bands everywhere I see him he's -- -- -- so it's been.
This is -- so surreal to see it from afar but then be kind of connected to it in a way.
Yet he received thousands of orders from around the world crash the web server could even handle the business real quickly.
Why is -- the Jeremy Lin seems to be universally liked where is Tim Tebow guy I admire a lot.
Took over it was very divisive.
First showing his faith is there some sort of line that you have to walk is an athlete in showing your face.
I'm not sure.
I mean I believe that one of the things -- Jeremy is.
That people resonate with is that he kind of came out of nowhere you know Tim Tebow was -- Heisman winner in college.
Won a couple of national championships.
A lot of people outside of you know whether the but didn't we we -- that's -- we are at a time now where.
Athletes have been more open.
About speaking about their faith and not just Tim Tebow and Jamie -- but all across the board so -- this this is kind of at the time.
And an interest in time for you and congratulations of course on the success in the -- after bringing to the world and of course to professional sports Lanny Smith we appreciate you joining us this morning congratulations.
Thank you for having me thank god I've and its active faith -- you folks are looking for those -- coming up more.