There’s an all-white basketball league looking to set up franchises in different cities. And while I could maybe kinda sorta see the idea, the commissioner and his “old-fashioned” generalizations more than ruined it for me.
Don “Moose” Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA, said the reasoning behind the league’s roster restrictions is not racism.
“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like. [FUNDAMENTAL BASKETBALL? THEY LIKE! DUNKING? THEY NO LIKE! --Ed.]“
Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of “street-ball” played by “people of color.” He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas’ indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans’ dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run. –Augusta Chronicle.
The unique thing about this Atlanta-based league is that both the home and visiting team will wear white. Hoods. Because anyone willing to be involved in this–players, fans, ownership et al.–will be absolutely destroyed by the media. And there goes your prime source of advertising. Augusta, for the record, turned the AABA down. And if the Deep South doesn’t want you, all that’s left is Europe and Texas.