Sounds like a stunt to me

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, by way of the Augusta Chronicle, some one is trying to start a “whites-only” basketball league. 

The Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the All-American Basketball Alliance plans to kick off its inaugural season in June and hopes that Augusta will be one of 12 cities to host teams.

But here’s the kicker: According to a press release the newspaper and other Augusta media outlets received from the new league, “only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.”

That’s right. Lewis, who calls himself  the commissioner of the AABA, will exclude blacks and all foreigners from his new league, which the newspaper said will be based in Atlanta.

According to the Chronicle, Lewis said he wants to emphasize “fundamental basketball” instead of “street ball” played by “people of color.”

Reasons why it is clearly a stunt: 1) the promoter is a former pro-wrestling promoter, 2) why would they choose Atlanta to promote this out of?, 3) it would never work, 4) no website yet, 4) he “hopes will have teams in a dozen southeastern cities such as Augusta, Albany and Chattanooga, Tenn.”  Nobody who doesn’t already live there aims to do anything out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Thing that gives me pause: his “reasoning” for the rule. 

According to the Chronicle, Lewis said he wants to emphasize “fundamental basketball” instead of “street ball” played by “people of color.”

“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” Lewis told the paper. “I don’t hate anyone of color.”

Lewis pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas’ suspension for bringing a gun into the Washington Wizards locker room, and said, “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?”

Most people would have gone with an affirmative action argument, that Caucasians are not represented in the NBA, as a stunt.  His argument is merely silly and pointless. 

Of course, it should go without saying that if it’s not a stunt, it’s pretty horrible.  Even if it is a stunt, other than the reverse affirmative action point that he’s not using, it’s pretty dumb.

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