Muggsy Bogues Endorses Mark Cuban-Backed Clothing Startup
Muggsy Bogues was the first (and is still the only) player of his height (5'3") to compete in the NBA. Now, the Charlotte Hornets' all-time leader in minutes, assists and steals is the first noteworthy name to publicly support a new clothing brand backed by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
As Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer wrote, Muggsy is the first celebrity endorser for Ash & Erie, a clothing company that specializes in dressing men under 5'8". The former Space Jam star first caught wind of the brand on ABC's Shark Tank, where Mark acquired a 25 percent stake in the company for $150,000. A phone call to David Falk, Muggsy's agent, led to a meeting with Steven Mazur and Eric Huang, the co-founders of Ash & Erie, which begat this fitting partnership.
“I’ve been talking about a brand like this for some time,” Muggsy told SI. “I saw the Big and Tall stores all the time. I always wondered why we didn’t have a Short and Small. Everybody was excluding us.”
Thanks to Ash & Erie, Muggsy now has a clothing line he can lean on—and a strong connect to get whatever he needs to complete his outfits.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.