Video: Carmelo Anthony Visits Rikers Island

Written by Nigel D. / 11.18.15

In the fourth episode of Stay Melo we visit New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex to tour the facility and meet with a group of young prisoners. A statement from Carmelo Anthony below:

Why did you want to visit Rikers Island?
Carmelo: Rikers is a place that we’ve all heard of. I was amazed to find out that it’s the largest penal colony in the world. Recently, we’ve heard and read a lot about abuse and violence there. I wanted to see the situation there for myself, as a New Yorker.

What’s your personal experience with the criminal justice system?
Carmelo: I grew up in the projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn and in Baltimore. You can’t grow up there without seeing many people close to you unfortunately end up in prison.

Why did you specifically choose to visit with young prisoners?
Carmelo: I thought that the young prisoners would have more of a chance to make their situations better once they got home again. I hope by visiting and talking with them, I might play a small part in helping them have a better situation when they’re out.

How did the visit differ from what you expected?
Carmelo: I’m not sure what I expected. I knew it wasn’t going to be pleasant. And, it wasn’t. At all. It was extremely disturbing.

What did you gain from the experience?
Carmelo: We need to do a better job making sure non-violent offenders don’t end up in the same prison situation as highly violent repeat criminals. And we need to make sure that incarceration leads to rehabilitation.

IN the latest Vice “Stay Melo” episode, Carmelo takes a trip to the notorious Rikers Island prison to speak with inmates.

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Video: Carmelo Anthony In The Streets Of Cuba

Written by Nigel D. / 09.01.15

Throughout the NBA offseason VICE Sports and Carmelo Anthony are exploring street sport cultures around the world. In our premiere episode, Melo travels to Cuba to explore the rise of soccer in a nation synonymous with baseball, ride a 1950s drop top in the rain, and grab some fresh rolled Cuban cigars along the way.

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Carmelo Anthony Will Remain A New York Knicks Player

Written by Nigel D. / 07.13.14

A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality. This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.

During this journey I met with some quality organizations who have amazing talent and leadership. I thank them for their consideration, belief in my talent, and opportunity to imagine the possibilities.

I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.
Carmelo Anthony

Do you have high hopes for the Knicks’ 2014-2015 NBA Season?

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Video: 50 Cent & Carmelo Anthony Launch SMS Sports Collection

Written by Nigel D. / 06.23.14

Check out footage from the launch of the SMS Sports Collection by 50 Cent and Carmelo Anthony. In other news Carmelo Anthony has is reported to be becoming a free agent soon.

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Video: The Knicks Beat The Thunder To Win Their 12th In A Row

Written by Nigel D. / 04.08.13

With a few games left the Knicks look to be a lock for second place in the East, with a first round match up with the Celtics. Do you see the Knicks going deep into the playoffs this year?

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Video: Top 10 Career Plays From NBA Superstars (Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Etc.)

Written by Nigel D. / 02.12.13

One of the most athletic and gifted athletes to ever play in the NBA, LeBron James has not only lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he came straight out of high school & into the NBA, but has exceeded it. A 3-time MVP and NBA Finals champion, the young career of ‘King’ James has already been spectactular – now lets take a look at the 10 best plays so far!

Check out the top 10 plays so far by Lebon James, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony and more in the slideshow.
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Carmelo Anthony – Playing For The City That Made Me: Episode 3

Written by Nigel D. / 01.18.13

If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. The intensity of the fans must be embraced, and the electricity in the arena must be used to your advantage. For Carmelo Anthony, winning in NY means so much more.

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