Fat Joe on 'the Picasso of sneakers' and nearly punching Mark Cuban

Ben Rohrbach
July 25, 2014

Rapper Fat Joe joined Complex Magazine's web series "Quickstrike" and shared a story about the time Michael Jordan sent him a letter in jail with hosts Russ Bengtson and DJ Clark Kent, and somehow that wasn't the best yarn Fat Joe spun during a fascinating conversation for basketball sneakerheads.

No, the top tale Fat Joe told this day involved Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and a knuckle sandwich. It starts at the 6:25 mark of the embedded YouTube video, and it gets progressively funnier.

I'll tell you a funny story. I don't know if I ever told this story before. We was in All-Star Weekend, and Jordan put up the collection 1-23, and it was an auction going to some charity. I think I had bidded up to like a half a million dollars, because it came in a case. It was in my crazy days, but it was in a glass case. Jordan was actually doing the auction.

I was almost nervous I might win. So, I'm like, "Oh, sh--," and I keep going and bidding.

And somebody outbid me. And when I turned around, it's Mark Cuban.

He goes up to me, and he says to me, "Fat Joe, guess what?"

I said, 'What?"

He said, "I'm gonna throw it in my closet with the rest of the stuff."

I wanted to punch Mark Cuban in the face. "You motherf---er."

I'm over here thinking, "This is it. This is like the Picasso of sneakers."

I know what I could do and what I can't do. I couldn't spend a half a million dollars on these sneakers. I still was doing it. You know what I mean? It's crazy.

How about Cubes tempting fate with a man pushing three bills who was once arrested for allegedly hitting a man with a baseball bat? Even if those charges were later dropped, it's probably not the wisest move to talk trash immediately after snatching the white whale of sneakers from Fat Joe.