A former pro wrestling promoter has proposed an all-White professional basketball league which he said will begin play this summer.
The league, to be called the All-American Basketball Alliance, intends to begin play in June with 12 teams located in various cities across the South, according to a Jan. 17 news release. In addition to banning people of any color, the league would also not allow non-American-born Caucasians.
“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” Don “Moose” Lewis, the league’s commissioner, told the Augusta Chronicle. “I don’t hate anyone of color. But, White, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for White players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.”
Lewis, who was formerly the promoter of the International Wrestling Union, claimed the new league excludes minorities because he wants to emphasize fundamentals instead of “street-ball,” which he believes is being played in major pro leagues today.
“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.”
Clint Bryant, Augusta State University’s athletic director, told the Chronicle that he laughed when he heard news of the league.
“It’s so absurd, it’s funny, but it gives you an idea of the sickness of our society,” he told the newspaper. “It shows you what lengths people will go to just to be mean-spirited.”
Despite the controversy, there’s a chance the league will never see the light of day due to its wanting to operate as a single entity, which owns all of its teams. That issue was recently disputed in the Supreme Court.
“I couldn’t help but notice that the league has apparently declared itself a ‘single entity’ which will own all 12 proposed teams,” legal expert Eric Lipman stated on a Law.com blog. “Presumably, Commissioner Moose has already deconstructed the oral argument transcript of last week’s Supreme Court battle between the NFL and spurned team apparel manufacturer American Needle, in which that league’s single-entity status, and attendant antitrust immunity, was seriously questioned by the justices.”