All white basketball team

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  1. blkbro510

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    Interesting story since majority sports threads are in here ( there should be sub section for sports hint hint)

    This is very interesting news feed. Me and my boys been talking about this alot of whats been going on with the black athletes and the lack of sportsmanship that has been going on for over the past two decades.
    All-American Basketball League call for all-white, American-born teams sparks backlash: Report

    BY Neil Nagraj
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER


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    If they were looking to drum up controversy, these boneheads scored a slam dunk.

    The All-American Basketball League announced in a news release it hopes to kick off its inaugural season this summer, according to a report in the Augusta Chronicle, with a 12-team lineup composed of all-white, American-born men.

    "Only players that are natural-born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," the statement, issued on Martin Luther King weekend, reportedly read.

    Don "Moose" Lewis, described as a Georgia-based boxing and wrestling promoter in a report on BET.com, denied racism was behind his move to create the segregated hoops league.

    "There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing," he told the Augusta Chronicle. "I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white American-born citizens [sic] are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like."

    Lewis told the paper he defines "fundamental basketball" as different from the "street-ball" played by "people of color," and claimed recent scandals in professional basketball -- such as the gun charges dogging the Wizards' Gilbert Arenas -- have made the creation of all-white teams a necessity.

    "Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?" he told the paper. "That’s the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction."

    The proposal was swiftly condemned by the mayor of Augusta, one of the 12 Southeastern cities the league is eyeing.

    "I could not support in good conscience bringing in a team that did not fit with the spirit of inclusiveness that I, along with many others, have worked so hard to foster in our city," Deke Copenhaver told the Augusta Chronicle.

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    If only I could generate interest in basketball.
     
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    A sports sub section is a very good idea.
     
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    This comes up every few years as a way to drum up publicity.
     
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    I was the only white guy on my high school basketball team. It was a life changing experience for which I am grateful. Very grateful.
     
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    What next, a Puerto Rican hockey league..............jeez!!
     
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    Interesing.
    I think this should raise awareness.
    Sportsmanship was always the goal when I was a child playing on any team.
    Pro ballers should take note.
     
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    OK, first off... this thread is over a year old. Did it really need a bump?
    Secondly, it's a bad idea. People should be chosen based on ability and not due to their skin color. Dare I say this, but Don Lewis is a bigoted moron. This notion of restoring fundamentals to basketball and branching it away from "street ball" is nothing more than a shielded attack on minorities who play basketball in their neighborhood parks. He acts as if these particular people don't know the difference, and if that's the case then it's the fault of the NBA for allowing teams to hire unseasoned, unpolished players with no respectable work ethic. All one has to do is look at the NCAA and you can find plenty of qualified players of all races who should be considered for the pro league.

    I get so sick of people trying to convey their racist sentiments behind sanitized words, and then try to deny what they're suggesting is exactly that. Like we're not supposed to know or take the comments as such because they didn't say the n-word? Give me a break.
     
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