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Basketball league for white Americans targets Augusta

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 2:25 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 7:34 AM
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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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ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/18/10 - 07:07 pm
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ROTFLMAO, I cannot wait to

ROTFLMAO, I cannot wait to get my season tickets.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/18/10 - 07:18 pm
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I bet Andy Warhol is the

I bet Andy Warhol is the League President. Smartie the General Manager. Apex the Spokesperson. This is great. There is fertile ground here for recruitment. Man I cannot wait for the tryouts to begin.

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Southern_Patriot 01/18/10 - 07:22 pm
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Great! But I'm still waiting

Great! But I'm still waiting for "Miss White America"

ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/18/10 - 07:26 pm
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They can crown her at half

They can crown her at half time. A different one each game.

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corgimom 01/18/10 - 07:32 pm
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I got my comment pulled about

I got my comment pulled about my suggested halftime shows.

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crackerjack 01/18/10 - 07:34 pm
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All you have to do to get

All you have to do to get more whites in the game is raise the basket by 3 feet.

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Does_it_really_matter 01/18/10 - 07:36 pm
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stupid idea - I am

stupid idea - I am white/southern and this will never fly nor should it. No one will want to see white boys play BBall - everyone knows the movie..."White Men Can't Jump"

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samlongshaft 01/18/10 - 07:38 pm
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Why Deke, if it were an all

Why Deke, if it were an all black team, you and the commissioners would welcome them with open arms!

mieshel
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mieshel 01/18/10 - 07:42 pm
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BET is owened by a white

BET is owened by a white company, so do your research. Affirmative Action has been done with, so.....But if you feel that this crap will ever be the NBA? forget it...I guess next will be the NFL? doubt it.....lol

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corgimom 01/18/10 - 07:47 pm
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The Banana would be the head

The Banana would be the head cheerleader of the all-black team. Her specialty would be providing refreshments to the team, all bought at Sam's Club with the company credit card, of course. Her costume would be zebra striped. "Gimme a B! Gimme an A!"

ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/18/10 - 07:52 pm
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JACK why don't you start all

JACK why don't you start all of the above?

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kulay294 01/18/10 - 07:58 pm
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Why do you suppose Copenhaver

Why do you suppose Copenhaver keeps his mouth shut at Commission meetings when issues concerning black employees come up and now he opens his mouth because a white basketball league wants to come to Augusta. Deke, you are a chicken s. Why don't you get a backbone instead of cowing down to the likes of Betty Beard and Calvin Holland and the rest that you're scared of on the Commission.

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hmm 01/18/10 - 07:59 pm
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Stay out of Augusta!

Stay out of Augusta!

kulay294
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kulay294 01/18/10 - 08:02 pm
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Mieshel, unless BET has been

Mieshel, unless BET has been sold in the last year it is by a black man named Robert L. Johnson who used to be part owner along with Micheal Jordon of the Charlotte NBA team.

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bettyboop 01/18/10 - 08:17 pm
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LOL....this is a

LOL....this is a hoot!....thanks AC!!!

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DEVGRU 01/18/10 - 08:27 pm
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I'm a white male and I

I'm a white male and I believe this is about as stupid as hell. White people just can't play basketball.

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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 08:28 pm
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I bet they'll play zone

I bet they'll play zone defense, have no shot clock, shoot two handed set shots and wear short shorts. Hoosiers.

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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 08:33 pm
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By the way, this thing is for

By the way, this thing is for real. Don “Moose” Lewis has been around a long time. He has promoted boxing and once tried to form a pro basketball league....an integrated one.

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justbeasy 01/18/10 - 08:49 pm
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Ahhhhh, yes blacks do have

Ahhhhh, yes blacks do have things that are labeled blacks. But have they ever excluded any whites, is the question at hand. Then, secondly, we must consider that maybe this were just groups that never disbanded but were formed so blacks could have something of thier own in a time when whites even claimed the better water fountains. Have any of you ever considered these thoughts, that there was a reason blacks had to start their own organizations...not because they wanted to, but rather because they were forced too. Laslty, i welcome the league. If it floats your boat why not. It was once this way before. REMEMBEr, Just before you claim city superiority, don't be afraid to play the all-black team to see who is number one. GOOD LUCK!!!

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justbeasy 01/18/10 - 08:51 pm
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And my fraternity has plenty

And my fraternity has plenty of caucasian americans, of which I can't say the same about white fraternities.

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gregleopard 01/18/10 - 08:53 pm
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I always wondered what those

I always wondered what those guys under the white hoods looked like. I guess I may be finding out soon. I would love to know who the "one person ingrained into the community" will be. I promise you that I will make it my mission to bring you down.

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justbeasy 01/18/10 - 08:56 pm
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Robert Johnson sold BET about

Robert Johnson sold BET about two years ago.

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corgimom 01/18/10 - 09:00 pm
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He, single-handedly, has done

He, single-handedly, has done the most to encourage racism and negative stereotypes by playing those God-awful videos that portray blacks as gangsters and prostitutes. I refuse to allow that channel to be played in my home.

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justbeasy 01/18/10 - 09:09 pm
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I agree Corgimom!!!1

I agree Corgimom!!!1

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samlongshaft 01/18/10 - 09:10 pm
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DEVGRU, ask Larry Bird can he

DEVGRU, ask Larry Bird can he play basketball!

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samlongshaft 01/18/10 - 09:11 pm
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Happy ROBERT E LEE day

Happy ROBERT E LEE day tomorrow--a real AMERICN HERO!!!!

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aureliusdios 01/18/10 - 09:18 pm
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Great idea! I'm a strong

Great idea! I'm a strong believer in people publicly supporting issues and organizations that reflect their beliefs. I'm sure they will establish a strong fan base --and be a welcome addition to the " were you spotted" photos in the AC. It is so difficult being white these days that any new development that promotes the white minority view point should be exalted. May be some smart black person will establish an all black hockey league--where you don't have to have too much talent just be fundamentally sound.

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andywarhol 01/18/10 - 09:23 pm
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Ispy, nice of you to add a

Ispy, nice of you to add a mature opinion to the conversation.

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jamesj 01/18/10 - 10:05 pm
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justbeasy REP. Clay issued an

justbeasy
REP. Clay issued an official statement from his office:

"Quite simply, Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept - there has been an unofficial Congressional White Caucus for over 200 years, and now it's our turn to say who can join 'the club.' He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives."

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daddylongtime 01/18/10 - 10:08 pm
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I have absolutely have a

I have absolutely have a problem with white people wanting to have their own sports league. I'm black and i think its time that we eventually get rid of names that isolate us as a society. Yes we DID need Black Colleges and Black Entertainment Television and Black Baseball Leagues before because we were not allowed to participate in those things back in the day. Now i feel the only way to fully get rid of racism is to stop labeling everything black and white or latino. If we can do it then let everyone else do it then we can see how stupid it is to keep distancing things with labels. Whats sad is that this "white only basketball league" will eventually be nothing more but a place for hate groups to gather and spread more hate. We might have BET but you guys still have the KKK.

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