Basketball league for white Americans targets Augusta

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 2:25 PM
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A new professional basketball league boasting rosters made up exclusively of white Americans has its eyes set on Augusta, but the team isn’t receiving a warm welcome.

The All-American Basketball Alliance announced in a news release Sunday evening that it intends to start its inaugural season in June and hopes Augusta will be one of 12 cities with a team.

“Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league,” the statement said.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who has publicly expressed his support for minor league teams in the past, said he would not do the same for this team.

“As a sports enthusiast, I have always supported bringing more sporting activities to Augusta,” he said. “However, in this instance I could not support in good conscience bringing in a team that did not fit with the spirit of inclusiveness that I, along with many others, have worked so hard to foster in our city.”

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.”

The Atlanta-based league, which will operate as a single-entity owning all of its teams, is looking for local contacts to pay $10,000 to become a “licensee” in one of 12 cities throughout the Southeast. Lewis said he has already received threats from people opposed to the roster restrictions and several cities have told him to stay out of town. Lewis said he has yet to hear from any one in Augusta.

“We need a local person ingrained into the community to make this successful,” he said.

Lewis said he expects to eventually find support in every town with a team.

“People will come out and support a product they can identify with. I’m the spoken minority right now, but if people will give us a chance, it’ll work... The white game of basketball, which is essentially a fundamental game, works.”

Lewis said he wasn’t sure where the team will play.

Augusta has had problems with minor league basketball teams in the past, but the issues never centered around race. The Augusta Drive lasted less than a month before folding in 1995, citing financial reasons. The Augusta Groove made it through a full, 20-game schedule in 2009, but accusations from players and local businesses that the team wasn’t paying its bills surrounded the team during the second half of the season. The team later shut down in the offseason.

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Chillen
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Chillen 01/18/10 - 04:57 pm
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Are you even serious

Are you even serious notreally? That is ridiculous, even for you.

Notreally
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Notreally 01/18/10 - 04:58 pm
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This is nothing but a

This is nothing but a recruiting tool for the skin heads, nazi lovers, Obama haters, etc. The FBI should plant a mole on every team. Atleast this article riled up the white only crowd. Moose is recruiting and will brainwash those young people, I bet 99% of the current players, coaches, oweners and fans are either racist or belong a hate monger group.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/18/10 - 04:59 pm
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notreally, your post keeps

notreally, your post keeps disappearing & popping back up

andywarhol
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andywarhol 01/18/10 - 05:06 pm
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Notreally how can you come to

Notreally how can you come to that assumption? Just being the devil's advocate here: What supports your opinion on what 99% of the players are. Isn't it racist to formulate that opinion just because someone wants to show cultural pride and put chivalry back into society? Are you saying being "white and proud" makes someone an "Obama Hater?" Serious double standard here. I'm lovin it!

Mwilli5009
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Mwilli5009 01/18/10 - 05:07 pm
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Really? You chose Augusta,

Really? You chose Augusta, Georgia as a potential location for an all-white basketball team? At what level does that even make sense to do. There won't be a market, talent pool, advertising base, or support of any kind. Plus, an all-white basketball league might be the most dull form of entertainment I have ever heard of. I'd rather attend RCBOE meetings.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 01/18/10 - 05:08 pm
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If you are black and proud

If you are black and proud does that mean you hate Celine Deon?

soldout
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soldout 01/18/10 - 05:09 pm
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If there are black only

If there are black only organizations there could certainly be white only organizations. When is a double standard okay? If black only is legal then a white only is legal. Either the rules are the same for everyone or they aren't. There is no progress if we have special things for black or special things for white. Captain D's on Washington road has no diversity and it is a great place. I enjoyed the pro football games this weekend but there was little diversity and it didn't bother me a bit. If some folks or races seem to excel in certain areas for a period of time why should that bother anyone. If you know history you will know why that happens. The blessings and curses always have a cause. If everyone gets opportunity then their failure is always their own and not the fault of society. If we can't make it with freedom and opportunity then we just can't make it. Jesus said the poor will be with you always. That tells me that some will always be at the bottom and some at the top. Society can't control attitude and effort and can only give opportunity. You can love people but they fix themselves.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 01/18/10 - 05:09 pm
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Oh the hypocrisy. Affirmative

Oh the hypocrisy. Affirmative Action, BET, black beauty pageants, NAACP are all just fine I suppose?

Notreally
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Notreally 01/18/10 - 05:10 pm
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I guess he will want all

I guess he will want all white security, all white cheerleaders, all white refs, all white fans, all white ticket sellers, all white ball boys, all white fans etc.... there is a market for this in the south probably LOL... I wonder how any of these local everyday posters will try out for the team, front office etc.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 01/18/10 - 05:10 pm
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Mwilli, isn't it racist to

Mwilli, isn't it racist to assume they will lack talent because they are white? Does that mean black players have some sort of genetic advantage? If I said black players were genetically superior you'd call me racist. Based on the comments, I should assume that you hold blacks separate from whites because there is a genetic difference, therefore not created equal. Am I following you?

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CameronKay 01/18/10 - 05:10 pm
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Well, if it is OK to have

Well, if it is OK to have "black-only groups", then it is certainly OK to have "white-only groups". Who, in their right mind, could justify all the "black-only" organizations, and condemn the idea of a sports collective for "white-only". I think we are talking big-time double standard here. It is about time that people of caucasian/European heritage have someting they can call their own. The one VERY BIG stipulation should be that discrimination, outsider hatred, or any form of racism, of any type whatsoever, must be ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN, with the consequence for violation being an immediate disbandment of the team, and possible legal incrimination. If this organization is, in fact, truly based on the idea of promoting an organization that caters to a particular heritage, and members simply share athletic sportsmanship, and socialization amongst their peers, then their is NOTHING WRONG with this idea AT ALL. This organization should be given it's fair chance, just as the NAACP, the UNCF, the BET channel, and all similar groups have been granted. What is fair and permitted for one group, should be fair and permitted for all, less, WE ALL BECOME GUILTY OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 01/18/10 - 05:14 pm
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So based on my last comment

So based on my last comment about Mwilli's opinion, then I should also assume the scientist that stated there is a genetic difference in the mental capacity of races was correct. This was last year, he said people of African descent basically have a lower mental capacity. Since you want to argue genetics and physical ability, let's include mental ability.

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H4LJ 01/18/10 - 05:21 pm
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Notreally(aka Farrakhan,

Notreally(aka Farrakhan, Jr.), Do you not have the mental capacity to answer any of the legit questions directed to you above or do not want to answer them? So according to you every proud white person here, is an Obama hater. I see! I feel a whole lot smarter after reading some of your work above. Thanks Fruity

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brd27 01/18/10 - 05:24 pm
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They have "black only"

They have "black only" everthing. BET, black only college scholarships, black history month. Now one whites only league comes about,, and its ridiculous! Sounds like a double standard to me......if you don't like it don't watch or play!!

waugusta92
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waugusta92 01/18/10 - 05:29 pm
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coastal, the separation

coastal, the separation existed far before BET and surely not initiated by minorities.

waugusta92
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waugusta92 01/18/10 - 05:33 pm
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whooo cares. let them start

whooo cares. let them start this crap and the rest of augusta with an oz of sense will keep on engaging in their normal activities. they've been whining about this mess for years and more to come. instead of keeping me informed, AC reminds me that you idiots still exist. next!

corgimom
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corgimom 01/18/10 - 05:42 pm
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"If you are black and proud

"If you are black and proud does that mean you hate Celine Deon?" If you're ANY color and proud, you hate Celine Dion. Somewhere, some horse is saying 'Where's my face?"

jack
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jack 01/18/10 - 05:48 pm
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America has never been white.

America has never been white. I will not support anyone who help in creating division.
Posted by oneeyeout on Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:03 PM....Then I guess you do not support the United Negro College Fund, Congressional Black Caucus or the NAACP?

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corgimom 01/18/10 - 05:49 pm
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Watch Celine sing a song.

Watch Celine sing a song. It's just like watching a brunette Mr. Ed.

jack
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jack 01/18/10 - 05:51 pm
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hink of the outrage by blacks

hink of the outrage by blacks ir there was a meeiting of the Congressional White Caucus, had a United Caucasion College Fund, White Miss America and USA as well a White Entertainment Channel.

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bentman 01/18/10 - 06:05 pm
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That's right. The blacks

That's right. The blacks scream for "inclusion" in colleges, then once they're in they form their black only fraternities, they scream for black only dorms and they scream for black only alumnae associations. What happened to the all-sacred "inclusion?" Stick it!

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LCC0256 01/18/10 - 06:13 pm
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lets make this perfectly

lets make this perfectly clear...i DESPISE barry obama FOR the socialst/quasi fascist politcal "principles" (what an oxymoron) he and his ilk stand for & are SHOVING DOWN MY THROAT. i despise his HATE MONGERING muslim buddies around the world... I equally despise the skin head nazis and their HATEFUL INSANE ideas...how IGNORANT is it to equate hating what obama does as being sympathetic to the skin heads no wonder this country is on the brink of collapse...There is only going to be more division among the races as long as the "african" hyphenated Americans continue to be fed distorted history & are constantly bombarded with propaganda by their leaders that whitey (blue eyed devil to the muslim world) is their enemy, hates them & is the reason for EVERYTHING that has ever gone wrong in their lives...Black Americans and/or Black born again Christians dont feel this way but for now there just isnt enough of either....but their numbers are rising and when they do jesse jackson al sharpton and the other race pimps will have NO VIABLE AUDIENCE...we will have pushed the haters from both races out of this country..i pray i live to see it...

DAMY46
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DAMY46 01/18/10 - 06:14 pm
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There is a game next weekend

There is a game next weekend between the Atlanta Rednecks and the Chicago Crackers...

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Steve Crawford 01/18/10 - 06:18 pm
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This is not a news story. All

This is not a news story. All we have here is a press release and a spokesman who has a reason to seek publicity. The only "league" we have here is the League of the Extraordinarily Gullible.

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disssman 01/18/10 - 06:19 pm
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I support their efforts and

I support their efforts and shame on the mayor for not supporting minorities. By the way I hope no one is refering to Causians using the "W" word which I find disgusting and offensive. the color of the background I am posting is white and I am a long ways from that. Further, My race has a long and historic lineage to Europe.

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trillaboycloud 01/18/10 - 06:23 pm
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CoastalDawg u took my comment

CoastalDawg u took my comment the wrong way, where do u see negitivity at, u want there to be negitivity, for i was posting in defense of another comment saying theres all these black groups and networks etc. these comments are only allowed a certain amount of characters to post. and even so bet was ran by a black owner, if u read a while back he sold his station duh! even so he has a ceo position he still sold his network which makes final calls which cancelled alot on the station, Just like how diddy merged with another music company he a ceo but he final calls on his side its still passed up for finalization. as for my percentage rate 6percent still stands for there's higher margin of whites who go up in these miss university's or whatever the case might be so the black ratio is not as high and dont give a greater chance so when a black miss usa is crowned not only is it an achievement for her its an achievement all around with the odds against her thats why blacks fought for equal-ness and formed these groups. Dont take my comment out of character, wish they had better history classes or at least old enough to of witness these events first hand then just assume or proclaim.

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HollyHoly 01/18/10 - 06:32 pm
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I'm not preaching division,

I'm not preaching division, because I am not about that at all, but seriously, so what if we have an all white team. Most whites don't want to join an all black function, why would blacks wish to even participate in an all white one. Be it sports or whatever.

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trillaboycloud 01/18/10 - 06:32 pm
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as well i never said i was

as well i never said i was against the all white team, im just tellin the truth that not alot of people are going to take this serious, that its not going to do well do u remember the xfl a decent idea but didn't do well enough and lasted for 1 season. The idea can be pitched noone can take that away that freedom of speech, they can even get it up and running but its all about how will it fair up against other leagues point blank that's the bigger picture and since everyone's crying about what about an all white team, what about an all spanish team, or an all asian team, the argument isn't about what race the teams are, its about how would it fair out against other leagues and how well the fans/crowds will do and how much would it bring in. There's alot of aspects to be taken in point blank.

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iakovos 01/18/10 - 06:57 pm
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Please stop playing into

Please stop playing into these people hand just say nothing and let the other people play these games. There's nothing you can say it's total self distruction let them have anything they want, and when they break the Law bring down the hammer. Remember this nation is a nation of Laws and everybody must play by them or risk going to jail. Bet,NAACP etc.. all had to do things within the Law.

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fred1217 01/18/10 - 07:05 pm
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sbcrawford, this is a news

sbcrawford, this is a news story. It's a story that the South's Oldest Newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle has chosen to run on the day the country set aside to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They ran this article to generate the hatred and division that it did. Anyone that can't see that and would waste their time today arguing for or against the merits of an All White Basketball League should buy season tickets. Maybe the TEE Center will have a tenant after all.

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