With Netflix’s ‘Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1’ living up to its title in every way imaginable, we get a complete insight into the journey of this streetball-inspired footwear and apparel company. This documentary features not only first-hand accounts of executives, but also endorsement athletes. It focuses on every power dynamic and experience that led up to the collapse. Amongst them was none other than the talented Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion — so now, if you wish to learn more about him and his current possible whereabouts, we’ve got the details for you.
Who is Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion?
Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion was just a young kid when he realized he had a genuine passion for basketball and grew determined to make a name for himself in the industry, no matter what. “I used to play in the hoods in Georgia, stealing balls out of other people’s yards,” he admitted in the original documentary. “I had a job, but I never could keep a job. My nine-to-five was just working on my handles.” He added, “I was already a local legend [by the early 2000s]. Every day I played, people just circled around the court… [and then] I wanted to be there. [AND1’s mix] tapes.”
AND1 was actually in Georgia in 2002 for the Mixtape Tour. This gave Hot Sauce the opportunity to show his skills and hope to turn his life around by getting a spot on the line-up. He didn’t have much time to practice considering the fact this match was the day after he was released from jail for “doing some of this knucklehead teenage stuff,” but it didn’t make a difference. His skills, flair, image, innovation, and sheer presence of mind were unparalleled, leading to his first contract with the brand the same year — he gradually became a household name as well.
Where is Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion Now?
From what we can tell, Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion remained on the AND1 roster until 2004 before seemingly taking a 2-year break from every public appearance or obligation. He returned to play for the company’s tours in 2006 — a year following its original sale to American Sporting Goods — and stayed right until 2008. Within this period, he also re-gained some of his fame through his continued dedication to streetball, his notable role in the 2006 Anthony Mackie-starrer ‘Crossover,’ and even a few magazine covers/interviews. In fact, he is still an important player in play.
That’s because Hot Sauce joined the College Park Spyders association team in early 2009, only to be transferred over to the Court Kingz in 2012, where he seemingly still remains. You can view his active Instagram profile to see more of his daily life, including his experiences as an athlete and father. Hot Sauce has a Cameo account so that you can also get personalized videos.
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