All-White Basketball League (I implore you, do not read the comments at that link. I only read a few, but you just KNOW.)
Clint Bryant, athletic director at Augusta State University, laughed when he heard the news.
“It’s so absurd, it’s funny, but it gives you an idea of the sickness of our society” he said. “It shows you what lengths people will go to just to be mean-spirited. I think at any basketball level, no matter if it’s all black, all white, all Hispanic, all Asian or anyone else, the players should just be a basketball team.”
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.”
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.
“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 said. “That’s the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction.”
Nope, no racism there. The default assumption that white players never grab their crotch? Totally not racist.
Why not define the league around whatever “fundamental basketball” is—no dunking? pass three times before every shot? Immediate ejection for grandstanding?—instead of around race, and somehow just happen to only get white players? That’s how you do racism—you gotta institutionalize it, not spell it out. Who taught these people how to hate?
And what’s the American-born about—they don’t like Steve Nash?
It is pretty funny, though. Hat tip to the twitter hashtag #allwhitehoopleague.