Big thanks to John Salley for his good VIBES in this yummy hot sauce movement!
Salley was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft out of Georgia Tech. After joining the Pistons, he became close friends with Adrian Dantley, who taught him proper nutrition, how to exercise, and how to conduct himself off the court. Salley called Dantley "The Teacher." Salley would become good friends with comedian Eddie Murphy and made several appearances at comedy clubs in the off-season. In 1989 and 1990, he played on two Pistons NBA championship teams. He is among the Pistons' all-time leaders in blocked shots.
Under the coaching of Chuck Daly, Salley was part of the Pistons era that featured three consecutive NBA finals appearances. The team's defense oriented style of play earned them the nickname of the NBA's "Bad Boys", with Salley playing alongside Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer, James Edwards, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn and Dantley.
Salley is a vegan and has appeared on PETA's testimonial videos, as well as in promoting alternatives to practices of massive factory farming. He is also noted for speaking at Michigan's Vegfest since 2009 and appearing on VegMichigan's billboard campaign. In 2010, Salley joined the Simply Raw team. This group of individuals produced Raw for 30, a documentary about reversing diabetes. It instantly got his attention since his father had the disease. Salley teamed up with Farm Sanctuary in 2010 to host their New York City Walk for Farm Animals.