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Did You Hear About The Kid Who Turned Down A $98,000 Offer For His Signed Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” Sneakers?

Submitted by on April 17, 2014 – 1:51 pmOne Comment
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Back in late February, during a show in New York, Kanye West did something that, to the best of our knowledge, he has never done before. He spotted a fan of his in the crowd, took one of his Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” sneakers, and signed it before handing it back to the fan. And at that moment, the fan, later identified as Jonathan Rodriguez, became the proud owner of something that no one else has. The “Red Octobers” in and of themselves are super rare. But a signed pair? Good grief. We can’t say this with absolute certainty. But it seems as though that might be the only signed pair of “Red Octobers” in the entire world.

With that in mind, Rodriguez is cherishing the fact that he owns the signed “Red Octobers” right now. But is he cherishing them a little too much? According to a recent New York Times piece, Rodriguez was offered a staggering $98,000 for the sneakers. Yes, 98 thousand dollars for a pair of sneakers. That’s so much money that there’s no way Rodriguez could turn it down, right? Er, wrong. As it turns out, Rodriguez told the potential buyer that he wasn’t interested in selling his sneakers—at least, not for that price.

“I know I could buy a house with this kind of money,” he told the NYT. “But I’m a huge Kanye West fan. I can just work to get the money. The only way I’m selling them is if there is a reason that I need to sell or I’m offered life-changing money.”

“Life-changing money”? But what about the $98K?! We get that Rodriguez couldn’t but, say, a mansion with that amount of money. But the 18-year-old could put himself through college or put a downpayment down on a house with $98,000. Instead, he’s choosing to hold onto a pair of sneakers that may or may not increase in value over the years. It seems crazy not to take that kind of money and run, even if you’re the biggest Kanye fan in the world.

We respect Rodriguez for sticking to his guns and for refusing to give away his prized possessions for less than he’s willing to accept. But would you blame him for selling the signed sneakers for $98,000? Let us know in the comments section below.

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