In the midst of a successful NFL career, New York Giants Safety, Quintin Demps founded the independent record label Purpose By Faith. After six seasons in the league, Demps is now determined to share his musical talents with the world. With a mission to use all genres of music as a tool of influence, Purpose By Faith is committed to providing an alternative sound that will change lives and bring hope to this generation and generations to come.
CEDRIC: How’re you doing Quin. My name is Cedric from Prestige Magazine.
QUINTIN: What’s up Cedric? How are you doing man?
CEDRIC: Same old, same old. I guess my first question, I’m from Alabama, and football is big in Alabama, high-school, college football, but that don’t even come close to Texas, so how was it growing up playing high-school football in Texas?
QUINTIN: Football in Texas man, was everything they glorify it to be. I went to a prestigious high-school for at least a year, so it was pretty popular, it was fun man, I had a great experience, I wouldn’t trade it for the world man.
CEDRIC: Some of the players that you look up to, coming up, when you were a kid, that you wanted to kind of resemble, or grow up to be or idolized.
QUINTIN: Growing up as a kid, Deion Sanders was cool, was my man, he was the most flashy, cocky, he had swag. I loved Deion Sanders, and I loved Michael Jordan of course. Those are the guys I looked up to.
CEDRIC: What are some of the most exciting moments in your career?
QUINTIN: Last year was one of them, being part of a team. That was so fun. The best part of it was that we didn’t even have an identity, we had a new coach. We had a good team, but we didn’t know it would be that good. It was fun to be talked about every other week on ESPN. The Chiefs, the Chiefs. Being part of that man was really dope for me last year.
CEDRIC: That leads to my next question. You led the team, your average is 30 yards on your kick off return, you led the Chiefs to set an NFL record. Are you a little disappointed that you haven’t been signed by the Chiefs. What are your chances of signing with the Chiefs, and if not, are there any other teams that are interested in you?
QUINTIN: That’s kind of a process. You never know. I’m definitely not disappointed. I had my favorite year. I understand the business. It is what it is at this point. We’ll see where I end up man. Actually it starts at four, Easter, so we’ll see what happens.
CEDRIC: Recently one of your fellow Texans, came out that he was gay, openly gay. How would you feel about having an openly gay teammate in the locker room?
QUINTIN: It would kind of bother me, but then I would get over it, because he’s no different than anybody else. I would show as much grace as I can to a brother, and I would show the love of Jesus, and kinda be there for the man. Because he may want to come out, so we can’t just be harsh. He may be struggling with it, so he may need somebody to get through. I would definitely be more graceful more than anything, and take it as a chance for Jesus to really give him some hope.
NOTE: At time of interview Quintin Demps was signed to Kansas City Chiefs. On March 16, 2014 Quintin signed as a Safety with the New York Giants.
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Boxer Gervonta Davis Involved in Minor Plane Crash, Documents Aftermath
Gervonta Davis just, miraculously, walked away from a plane crash relatively unscathed — and it sounds like what’s hurting him the most in the aftermath are his feet … and his caboose.
The professional boxer went live Saturday to document a terrifying encounter he says he and his crew had just gone through after boarding a private jet … which apparently failed to properly take off and crash landed back down to the airport grounds it was trying to leave.
Thankfully, it doesn’t appear the aircraft got very far up before coming back down to Earth — because Gervonta and other passengers seemed more or less okay … with their health and bodies intact.
That’s not to say Gervonta wasn’t feeling some hurt afterwards — on his live feed, he noted that his booty was aching like no other … this while he wrapped his feet in gauze. He’s pretty jovial about the whole thing, which is great to see, but this could’ve easily been way worse.
Gervonta also was able to get some shots of the downed plane, and it sure looks like something went wrong internally. There were also fire engines that showed up on the scene to evaluate the damage and tend to anyone’s injuries. Again, though, most everyone seems to be fine … which is absolutely incredible, because it appears there were even children aboard, based on a photo Gervonta posted shortly before getting on his flight. His video doesn’t capture any kids, though.
It’s unclear what exactly caused the malfunction — but you can hear Gervonta and his friends speculate on what happened … seems like there might’ve been some overheating of some sort. They also appear to be discussing some of the flight maneuvers the pilot(s) were using in the air … and the group seems to think that may have attributed to it going down.
Stay tuned while we here at Prestige try to get a hold of Gervonta’s team for more answers.
Tennis Player Coco Gauff Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Not Attend Olympics
17-year-old tennis player Cori “Coco” Gauff was slated to be on the U.S. tennis team at the upcoming Olympic Games, but has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.
She broke the news via social media.
“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” she wrote in a note. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” At #25, Gauff is the youngest player with a Women’s Tennis Association ranking in the top 100 .
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At 15, Gauff shocked the sports world when she beat tennis icon Venus Williams in the opening round of Wimbledon in 2019. She then bested Williams again during her Australian Open debut in January 2020 and defeated Naomi Osaka at the same event.
Gauff finished her statement by wishing all of her fellow athletes well. “I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe game for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.”
Magic’s Jonathan Isaac stands for national anthem as teammates, opponents kneel
Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem following the season restart … deciding against both kneeling and wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt.
The league’s coaches, refs and players — from LeBron James to Zion Williamson — have been using the anthem demonstrations to raise awareness as games pick back up in Orlando … a gesture that is being supported by NBA commish Adam Silver.
Isaac became the first player to choose to stand as the anthem was played before the Magic’s match-up with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday … while the rest of the team’s players and staffers took a knee.
It’s worth noting — Silver says everyone will have the option to kneel during the anthem without consequence … despite a league rule requiring players to stand.
The same goes for anyone who wishes to stand — no one is saying the players HAVE to kneel, either.
So far, Jonathan hasn’t commented on his decision to stand publicly — because the game is currently being played. But, when he does, we’ll update here.
Charles Barkley spoke about the demonstrations on Thursday during TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” saying, “The national anthem means different things to different people.”
“I’m glad these guys are unified. If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel because the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”
The Magic released a statement in support of the demonstration, saying, “The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color.”
“We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together — bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity.”