Thursday, January 21, 2010

Whites-only basketball league headquartered in Atlanta?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:11 AM

click to enlarge THE OTHER NBA: No blacks allowed
  • THE OTHER NBA: No blacks allowed

Will someone please tell me if this is fake.

The Augusta Chronicle reports a whites-only basketball league headquartered in Atlanta hopes to begin play in 12 southern cities this June.

Dubbed the All-American Basketball Alliance, "[o]nly players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league."

AABA founder Don "Moose" Lewis, whose name and phone number are associated with several other sports organizations no one has heard of, insists he has no ill-feelings for people of color and foreign-born Americans, but he's not entirely convincing.

The Chronicle:

"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."

Is it real? Is it a joke? I don't know. I'm guessing it's fake only because I think someone trying to publicize an actual new sports league might have a web site.

In the meantime, be sure to savor the reader comments accompanying the Chronicle's story. I'm not sure who I hate more; the anonymous hillbillies voicing support for the league, or the earnest morons arguing with them.

It's one of those "I hate the Internet" nights.

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