Readers who have been following up on news and updates regarding Prince’s recent, untimely death are likely aware that the singer/songwriter died of an overdose of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller. While his fans mostly remember his as the cultural icon, musician and overall superstar, but they may or may not be aware that Prince had once even indulged in the sport of basketball. Even though his basketball abilities may not have exactly been at an NBA level, it turns out he has a fan in the league, namely Maya Moore. Maya is even paying tribute to Prince with a custom Air Jordan 31 pair.
Back in the 1980s, Prince and his group had participated in a pickup basketball game with Eddie Murphy’s brother, Charlie Murphy, and Prince had been dominant throughout the game. Apparently, Prince had also served everyone pancakes after that game. Charlie had even recounted that very game during a skit that had been featured in Chappelle’s Show back in 2004. There is even a photo of young prince dressed up in the uniform of Bryant Junior High’s basketball team since he was a part of it back when he was growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thus, Prince had been somewhat of a basketball athlete too.
Of course, Maya Moore is a fan of Prince for the legend that he undeniably was. Had there been no information available about the Air Jordan 31 featured here, sneakerheads would have perhaps assumed that it is Player Exclusive. In fact, it does appear as if it could have been designed for an NBA athlete belonging to the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings or the Toronto Raptors. However, this is not the case. Recon Beat Lab is behind this Air Jordan 31 pair, with its Flyweave uppers dressed up predominantly in Purple transitioning into Black towards its ankles and heels.
Fans of Maya Moore probably know this already that she happens to be a big fan of Prince. This custom Air Jordan 31 iteration is tribute to him, and its color scheme is a reference to his favorite color and the title of his iconic song, Purple Rain.
Air Jordan 31 For Prince