From @jus_SANTANA and forwarded to us from the DC Sports Bog, we have an image that at first is very, very confusing. It’s Martin Lawrence wearing the Caps’ red, retro (and now new third) jersey on an episode of his self-titled sitcom Martin.
Set in Detroit, in the Brewster projects, the series stars Martin Lawrence in the role of Martin Payne, a disc jockey with a girlfriend named Gina Waters played by Tisha Campbell-Martin. Martin works for the fictional radio station WZUP and later for local Public-access television station Channel 51. A common theme of the series is Martin’s ornery and wayward nature. Episodes often center on Martin’s inconsiderate behaviors and incessant smart mouth towards his friends, neighbors, and whoever else finds themselves in his presence. When all is said and done however, Martin loves his family and friends—it just takes dire situations for him to show it.
So Martin was set in the Detroit projects? How does this make any sense.
Well, back in my day (the early 90’s), wearing hockey jerseys in hip hop videos was the thing to do. Plus, Martin Lawrence has a real-life connection to DC. More from Wikipedia:
During his teen years Lawrence excelled at boxing. He lived in Queens, New York, and Landover, Maryland and he attended Thomas G. Pullen School of Creative and Performing Arts (Landover, Maryland), Fairmont Heights High School (Fairmont Heights, Maryland), Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, becoming a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contender. He seriously considered a professional career until he suffered a broken eye that prompted him to reconsider.
So Lawrence spent his formative years in Maryland where he lived right next to the Capital Centre and punched people. Now it all makes sense!
On top of that (via Caps blog Jumping The Glass), Lawrence credited ERHS teacher Andrea ‘Froggy’ Henderson with helping him get his comedy career off the ground in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Henderson first encouraged him to go to clubs to learn and perform.
Related note: Leap Towards A Cure, a local memorial charity tournament which honors Andrea Henderson, is just one week away.
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