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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kulay294
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kulay294 01/18/10 - 10:16 pm
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Ispy, would you like to be

Ispy, would you like to be the ballboy and wash the uniforms and jock straps???

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 01/18/10 - 10:40 pm
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Is this for real? The dude

Is this for real? The dude must be joking or forgot to take his meds.

cparker
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cparker 01/18/10 - 10:44 pm
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jack... The Congressional

jack... The Congressional White Caucus is called the Republican Party, the United Caucasion College Fund is called the HOPE Scholarship, and White Entertainment Channel is called Fox News Channel. So what are you whining about, you have this all figured out already!!

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Chillen 01/18/10 - 11:23 pm
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cparker. the head of the

cparker. the head of the republican party is black. The Hope scholarship is available to anyone with a B average. Fox News has many black commentators who are very bright and contribute a lot to Fox's success. I'm not really sure what you are talking about. What else are you looking for?

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daddylongtime 01/18/10 - 11:43 pm
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Its silly. The majority of

Its silly. The majority of coaches in the NBA are white, the majority of team owners are white, the commissioner is white. If a white guy is talented enough to play in the NBA i'm pretty sure they would draft them in a heartbeat. Black people formed their own leagues because with all their talent they still werent allowed to play. Now these guys want to form a league to get back to fundamentals. If thats the case they can just play church league basketball. Or if they feel that they're getting discriminated against in the NBA protest like black civil rights leaders would. Seriously compare fighting in the NBA to the NHL and then think of how many incidents a gun has been reported brought to an NBA game by players. This is just a laughable mockery of basketball that will be used by a hate group to whine about who is taking their jobs, women, and sports.

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spotted_assassin 01/19/10 - 01:37 am
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I wanna hear what the names

I wanna hear what the names of the teams are going to be!

Martinez
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Martinez 01/19/10 - 08:39 am
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This group is getting the

This group is getting the exact response they want. I am not a fan of any of the exclusive groups but find it particularly ironic that people get so offended over anything being called all white when it is perfectly acceptable today to have organizations that are all black, all hispanic, etc. Enough is enough already.

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lifelongresidient 01/19/10 - 09:22 am
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speaking of fundemental

speaking of fundemental basketball, i guess ole moose never heard of magic johnson....

just a comment or two
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just a comment or two 01/19/10 - 10:10 am
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Crazy. If you want a

Crazy. If you want a basketball league that requires "Fundamental Basketball" just call it that. The And1 Street Ball league that can be viewed on ESPN2 all of the time requires the street ball style of play and markets to urban street kids - white, black, yellow, purple, green ones. So, if you dunk a basketball or dribble through your legs, you are cut from the Fundamental Basketball league. Who in the world is going to watch that on TV or sponsor it? White league brough to you today by "Northern" extra white, extra cotton toilet paper? Downey - "extra soft, extra white"?

MomInRC
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MomInRC 01/19/10 - 10:36 am
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All of the black groups

All of the black groups mentioned on here (NAACP, BET, black caucus, Miss America, etc) had a reason for coming into existence at the time. Now, if you look at commercials on TV for any number of products, news, ads, politics, school boards, teachers, beauty pageants, etc. you will see many black leaders, scholars, hard workers, whatever. Back then, you wouldn't have heard/seen this because of a lack of opportunity. I get it. These groups have served their purpose, but now it's time they go. Scholarships should go to the highest average/best choice, not based on race. Same with jobs, the most qualified gets the job. I don't agree with this league, but I also don't agree with any of the other groups. They have no place if people want real equality.

Daddylongtime, you have got to be kidding about the KKK thing. If not, believe me, I cringe every time I see my race exemplified by the militant or backward redneck types on talk shows. They are a joke.

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willienelson 01/19/10 - 11:00 am
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Some suggestions for league

Some suggestions for league sponsors, White Castle, Cracker Barrell, Pork, the other white meat.....and last but not least....10% of all black jack tournaments...lol

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themaninthemirror 01/19/10 - 11:36 am
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This is reverse racism,

This is reverse racism, because we all know white men can't jump.

Mwilli5009
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Mwilli5009 01/19/10 - 12:50 pm
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Andy Warhol: No, you aren't

Andy Warhol: No, you aren't following me at all. Racism, by definition, has to be performed by the group in the majority or wielding the most power. In the USA, that is the white male. Therefore, black people cannot be racist. If you said that black people are genetically superior, you would be wrong. In my opinion, black people perform well at basketball at a higher frequency than whites due to socio-economic status. Considering that more black people live in poverty and on the lower end of SES, it makes sense that a large percentage play basketball. It requires a ball and a city funded park. White people tend to have more monetary resources and flock to other sports which require more of an investment. So, would an all-white Augusta basketball team be as boring as I stated? To me, yes. Because, especially for such a lower-tier team, the talent pool will be severely limited.

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terry67 01/19/10 - 01:03 pm
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Whats the big deal? Let them

Whats the big deal? Let them play.....I have serious doubts that they will make it FINANCIALLY - Besides... that's the only color that really counts..GREEN!! Don't like it, then don't support it.

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imdstuf 01/19/10 - 01:12 pm
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Players play as a team in

Players play as a team in college basketball still.

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hockeymann 01/19/10 - 04:21 pm
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This is an insult to Augusta

This is an insult to Augusta basketball fans...Any that want to see some of the finest basketball around, can head over tomorrow night to Augusta State, when they play Pembroke St.
(girls 5:30 - men 7:30)..They have gifted white and blacks on
the team, and our fans don't check the colors...It's one thing to
decry the NBA thugs and poor officiating there that condones the
"street ball", but the answer is for the NBA to tighten up on rules
enforcement and get any thugs out of the league, not resort to
any all white league...It's hard enough for minor league basket-
ball to succeed, much less any "all white" minor league...

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Lp_J 01/19/10 - 04:45 pm
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this is pure dumb as you know

this is pure dumb as you know

mvirgin
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mvirgin 01/19/10 - 05:49 pm
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Good Luck with that.

Good Luck with that.

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StillaGOP 01/19/10 - 10:27 pm
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What did white people have,

What did white people have, apparently we all owned slaved, we sent family over to Africa, went into the villages and stole their children. Not quite sure what the people of Africa did while this was going on, maybe looking of a new football coach.

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mommy7 01/19/10 - 10:52 pm
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idiots. no wonder this guy

idiots. no wonder this guy came to augusta to get support for his bafoonery. with all the idiots running around here and posting stupidity on this blog, a moronic idea like this "whites only" basketball just may pass!

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mommy7 01/19/10 - 10:59 pm
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If Augusta gets a white only

If Augusta gets a white only basketball team to keep the thugs away, then I hope we can also get a black only golf team to keep the old fuddy duddys away. so we can call it even!

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sassygirl12 01/19/10 - 11:17 pm
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omg now we all know that,

omg now we all know that, here in augusta ga that, that will not happen here. it only happens for the blacks. its ok for them to do their things but not white people. its a big no no for us honkys huh? now whoever came up with this crazy rule really needs to have their head examined. thats about the craziest bunch of mess i have ever heard in my whole life. now jack you are so right they can have black history month, united negro college fund, miss black america.but if the white people had it omg the world would come to an end. its all about them so let em have their way. i bet the confederate flag comes down next. why, because they will whine and cry like ity bity babys until it does. but guess what not in my yard. i will fly that baby proudly.

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aureliusdios 01/20/10 - 11:39 am
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Some of you realy took this

Some of you realy took this stuff seriously! There is more to ponder in this life than some white or black only basketball team! Let them play!

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corgimom 01/20/10 - 01:05 pm
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Willie, the concessions will

Willie, the concessions will be provided by Maurice's BBQ. I howled when I read your post.

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DonNelsonForthelayup 01/20/10 - 02:24 pm
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THe important thing is that

THe important thing is that they abolish the shot clock. Also the three-point line.

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alisaleeko 01/20/10 - 04:51 pm
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soslegal, andywarhol,

soslegal, andywarhol, chillen, coastaldawg, soldout, baronvonreich, cameronkay, brd27, and anyone else who posted your (somewhat redudant) thoughts on exclusively black institutions:

You seem to feel that concepts such as BET or a Black Miss America constitutes reverse racism. However, this simplistic definition of racism does not place the concept within the context of history. This is a history in which those in power have systemically placed certain groups at a disadvantage (most scholars of this issue now agree that "racism" - as with other "ism"s such as capitalism- refers to a SYSTEM, as in a system of power and oppression faced by certain groups for decades).

Whether we like it or not, us whites have the power to deny a bank loan for racial reasons, to "steer" certain homebuyers away from living in “nicer" neighborhoods, or to racially profile in terms of policing. These are powers that can only be exercised by the more dominant group as a practical and systemic matter.

Discrimination works against the disempowered because they are disempowered. The process doesn’t work in reverse. In other words, the oppressed cannot be "racist", and ideas such as "reverse

alisaleeko
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alisaleeko 01/20/10 - 04:52 pm
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racism" are laughable in a

racism" are laughable in a time when equal treatment is often denied due to one's appearance.

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yaya1983 01/20/10 - 05:14 pm
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I thought with everything

I thought with everything thats mainstream meaning white , why all of a sudden everything have have a white,black,latin, or asian version of everything. Maybe because last time i check most of the power, money, land, and overall great are held by white persons of power. Hey if they meaning white who uphold this crap want it give it to them. I guess nascar,hockey, ski, and white hoods are not enought anymore.

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PeteofAusin 01/20/10 - 08:28 pm
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Let's be nice to the white

Let's be nice to the white guys here. I'm a white guy and I remember playing hoops with my African American brothers and getting schooled regularly. Look, if the white guys want to shrink from the fair competition of an athletic event, wrap it up in a higher purpose, and have fun making fundamentally sound bounce passes, why should we complain. Isn't shrinking away from competition the American way? Isn't that how we became great as a nation? Segregation works for white guys in B-ball. Who are we to deny them their only possible sense of accomplishment on the court. I have nothing against white guys -- being one myself -- but let's pat these little guys on the head, cheer 'em on and let em live out their fantasy in the world of whites-only hoops. And, I think they ought to start an under 5'5" league just so they can beat up on someone. Not to be racist or anything, but I have to agree with their basic premise that white dudes stink at hoops and need a remedial league to have fun. Is this a great country or what?

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Pu239 01/20/10 - 08:40 pm
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Basketball Jones? When I was
Unpublished

Basketball Jones? When I was little I was the baddest dribbler on tha' block.

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