Controversy Over Sponsor of Jay-Z’s Nets New Arena

Some controversy has arisen over the checkered past of London based bank that has signed on to sponsor the new Brooklyn stadium that will be the home of Jay-Z’s New Jersey Nets. According to The Brooklyn Paper, the centuries old Barclay’s Bank has been linked to some of the most controversial events in history, such as the sale of African slaves, The Holocaust and more recently South African Apartheid and the civil war in the Congo. In a deal announced at a press conference on January 19, Barclay’s has agreed to pay over $400 million dollars for the naming rights to the new arena on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Jay-Z is a member of the Nets ownership group headed by billionaire developer Bruce Ratner. Prior to the naming controversy, the planned arena had caused an uproar in the Brooklyn neighborhoods surrounding the planned construction site. Area residents object to the use of taxpayer subsidies to finance the arena, and the likelihood that scores of people will be forced out of their homes to make way for the development.

  • EReal

    FUCK FIRST SAYIN FAGGOTS

  • bull

    keep doing your thing,jay!

  • EReal

    Good to see GayZ giving back to the hood by forcing peeps in his hometown to get out of the way of his new stadium. Big head fat lipp nukka.
    Selfish Bastard.

    1 hunned

  • SANLEANDRO510

    You’d think he would not do business with a group that is linked to slavery, but maybe he did’nt know. Whatever the case , J is doing big things in the business world, ya gotta respect that.

  • J.R.O.

    ..CASH RULES..

  • jacquez
  • DEESENOTS

    DAMN JAY!!!!! THAT BOY WENT ALL THE WAY.

  • debombo

    it’s time to move on. the owners of tha bank responsible for those crimes are not there today. please grow up…..there is a barclays in almost every african nation today. i know cuz am from there….this is not tha first time people are gonna be relocated cuz of a developement and this will not be the last..no one is talkin about all the positive effects like jobs and revenue.
    go get them jay…..

  • CHIZAMP

    Hell yea Jay doin the damn thing…

  • masefan4life

    Fuck J! why don’t you put that shit somewhere else, i don’t want my house (apartment) torn down. i mean it looks like a piece of shit, but it’s my home and all my family and I got. thanks j, you might not have 99 problems but i do and you just added another one!

  • New york nigga

    EReal Says:

    January 31st, 2007 at 11:31 am
    Good to see GayZ giving back to the hood by forcing peeps in his hometown to get out of the way of his new stadium. Big head fat lipp nukka.
    Selfish Bastard.

    1 hunned

    lol LOL thats fuked up wat jay is doin man how u gon built a stadium RITE IN DA MIDDLE OF FUCKIN BRROKLYN?DO U KNO HOW MUCH TRAFFIC AND NOISE AND TROUBLE IS GONNA HAPPEN? NOT TO METION NEW JERSEY GEETIN FUKED CAUSE THEY DONT HAV A HOME TEAM SOMEBODY STOP JAY!

  • ACI

    STUPID ARTICLE!!! ALMOST EVERY EUROPEAN OR AMERICAN COMPANY OVER 100 YEARS OLD HAS DONE EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!!

  • Sincere

    Jay-Hoe VA is promoting beer, sugar water, & slave tradin’, apartheid supporting ass muthaphukaz for a profit. Once they use this “good nigger”( Jay-Z ) for what he’s worth they’ll toss him 2.5Million & tell him to go play basketball with the rest of the niggers! He owns less than .0000000000000001 percent of the fuckin team too! House nigga!

    At least Nas stands for something. No beer commercials or selling out for Nas…Never!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckHIBprqOaY

  • youngessdot.

    people please.. if going to go on what the bank did in past then don’t buy shit cause the U.S govt funds wars everyday.. U.S.A is built off slave labour.so the fact that it has Jay’s name in it brings back all that shit?? please!! some bitch above going on about beer commercials.. man fuck you! let the man eat.

  • http://www.soulink.net SOUL INK

    I cant see why everyone jumping on Jay Case. Lets talk about how many jobs will be coming to brooklyn , dont you know how many of our young could work there .

    Jay do your thing man .

  • hip hop is on life support

    debombo Says:

    January 31st, 2007 at 3:18 pm
    it’s time to move on. the owners of tha bank responsible for those crimes are not there today. please grow up…..there is a barclays in almost every african nation today. i know cuz am from there….this is not tha first time people are gonna be relocated cuz of a developement and this will not be the last..no one is talkin about all the positive effects like jobs and revenue.
    go get them jay…..
    …………………………………J.R.O. Says:

    January 31st, 2007 at 1:55 pm
    ..CASH RULES
    …………………………………bull Says:

    January 31st, 2007 at 11:29 am
    keep doing your thing,jay!

    shut up….jay z i a bitch ass uncle tom who has the pull to make alot of noise and educate his people but he has no honor about himself he’s a coward like most sellouts!

  • http://www.myspace.com/purplesmokehousemusick IZREEL

    BARCLAYS JUST BROUGHT ANOTHER JIGGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!