The All-American Basketball Alliance announced earlier this week its plan to launch a whites-only basketball league. The shocking news led at least one mayor of a prospective AABA city to say he would not support the league coming to his town.
Tony McNary of WGCL, CBS’s Atlanta affiliate, sat down with league commissioner Don “Moose” Lewis to discuss his plans for the league. When asked if the league is racist, Lewis flatly responded, “No,” adding, “It’s not gonna be the street-type ball mentality. It’s going to be different.”
Charles Barkley disagrees.
[Updated 01.19.10, 4:05 p.m.]
White Promoter Pushes For All-White Basketball League
A Georgia boxing and wrestling promoter is establishing an all-White basketball league, saying it’s time to restore “sanity” and “fundamentals” to a game that has been hijacked by undisciplined thugs.
“It has come to the attention of the principals of the (All-American Basketball Alliance) that [W]hite basketball players are essentially ’shut out’ of conventional professional basketball due to the proliferation of non-organized play on the court,” said promoter Don “Moose” Lewis in a news release, ironically, issued on Martin Luther King Day. “With players on other professional teams carrying guns, attacking fans in the stands, and going through the motions of playing the game, fundamentally sound [W]hite players are a vanishing species.
“Fans have spoken to the AABA asking to restore on court sanity to the game of basketball. Their pleas are our mission. Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.”
In an interview with Scott Michaux of The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, Lewis rejected the notion that his new league has anything to do with racism. He said it’s more about restoring the game to the way it was before it was saturated with African Americans.