Cobi Jones is a hip hop star (no joke)
Snoop Dogg Unveils New Video Game League for Hip Hop Stars
"The inaugural season player lineup includes stars such as Proof (D12), Paul Wall, Just Blaze, Krazyie Bone of Grammy winners Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony, MLS soccer star Cobi Jones, Murs, Kaine (Ying Yang Twins), NBA Star Jalen Rose, Twista, Fredwreck, BReal of Cypress Hill, Eric V. of the Baka Boyz, and Wutang Clan founder Method Man. Players were selected based on their reputations for top video game skills, as well as for their prominence in the hip hop community."
Does he have some secret Wayne Brady-like double life that we're not aware of? His team (the bosses) consists of Twista, Proof (of D-12), and Carmelo Anthony. Could they have a less thuggish fourth member? I would say "less black," but he does have a hot white girlfriend.
Reasons why Cobi is not hip-hop: Enjoys "...reading fantasy books (authors Richard Jordan and George L. Martin)" (link), "Made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills 90210 in 1994" (link), and uh, well just click here and read the quote halfway down. And of course, there's this. You know what it is. Don't click it!
I wonder if he's even met Snoop, or if his teammates know who he is. You'd think Eddie Johnson would be a better fit, but then again, he doesn't play video games...
Seriously though, Cobi must have a great agent. He had the MTV show, he was on ESPN's "Bowling Night" last year, and now this. Since the NASL, he's probably the second biggest media star behind Freddy Adu. Do non-soccer fans even know who he is anymore? I suppose living in LA being the face of the most popular MLS team for ten years helps. Hopefully while all the other participants are enjoying the spotlight of you know, actually being famous, Cobi can practice his video game skills and score a victory for soccer.