The 40/40 Club is a chain of sports bars and lounges owned by hip hop mogul Jay-Z and business partners. The name is borrowed from the baseball term used to denote the exclusive group of Major League Baseball players who have achieved the rare individual feat of recording 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. It has been very successful over the last few years.
An interesting editorial from a partner in the exclusive nightclub has raised its head in response to the unrest in New York City.
Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. when they were shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28. Moments after killing the two officers, Brinsley, too, was dead, having turned his gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in. The situation has caused tension, animosity and heartbreak in the city that does not sleep. In recent days there has been an ongoing quest to raise money for the mortally wounded officer’s family. Mr. Maurice Barnes, who describes himself as mogul, entrepreneur picked up his pen.
In an editorial letter labeled ‘Cray-Z’ to NY Daily News Staff Mr Barnes Wrote:
Brooklyn: I grew up in Marcy Houses, walking the very same streets where the late officers Liu and Ramos perished. I have since moved out of the “hood.” Although I have a voice that can inspire masses, I have kept silent despite the unrest of my people in a time for calm. Above all, I want to apologize to all who have purchased my music and my clothes, and have patronized the 40/40 Club. My estimated worth of $500 million won’t allow me to afford $800,000 for the families of these slain officers. Neither my wife nor my millionaire friends and neighbors were available to help me raise the money, either. Maurice Barnes Jr.
The first 40/40 Club opened in New York City in 2003; this was followed by locations in Atlantic City in 2005, in Las Vegas in 2007,at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012,and at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2014. The Atlantic City and Las Vegas locations have since closed.
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