All white basketball league? What aÂ big, controversial team! Yes, there exists an all white basketball league – or at least a promoter wants to start one.Â In order to qualify for the league, members must be natural born Americans and born to Caucasian parents.
At first, I thought that the all white basketball league was some sort of sick joke or Twitter hoax.Â However, when I read about it on NBC sports, I realized that the story was legit.
Don “Moose” Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA is a former professional wrestling promoter.Â He claims that there is no hatred behind his league, and that he just wants to move beyond “street ball” to fundamental basketball.
The press release which announced the new league was issued hours before Martin Luther King Jr day, which is pretty ironic and kind of … strange timing if you ask me.
As with everything there are two sides to every story.Â There are those that think that the all white basketball league is racist.Â There are others that think there is nothing wrong with the league.
Here is a comment from each side of the argument from an article on NBC Sports.
If there was an all-black league, would anyone here be complaining? If someone wanted to start an all-female league because they didn’t like playing in co-ed leagues because the male athletes had an unfair physical advantage, would anyone complain?
I don’t have a problem with the league, and I’m not white. People should be free to start any club they like, and they are free to exclude people too.
Curves excludes men, but gentlemen’s clubs are sexist?
Get rid of the double standards here!Â – Chris Singh
Is this guy a klansman or something? Gimme a break. It’s bad enough that our that the paper in Montgomery, AL was calling Monday “Martin Luther Kind/Robert E. Lee Day”. As a yankee forced to live in Mobile, AL to support my family, I’m totally sick of these racist jackasses who want aryans only, but claim it isn’t a racial thing.
Makes me want to puke. I’m sure they claim to be good Christians as well. – Woody
Â So what do you think? Is the all white basketball league understandable, or is it racist?