No, this isn’t an Onion headline and you didn’t just get out of a time machine.
The Atlanta-based All-American Basketball Alliance is seeking out 12 cities to start a league where, “[o]nly players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.” The Augusta Chronicle reports:
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.” (Emphasis mine)
Yeah, his reasoning isn’t racist. Not one fucking bit. The good news is that Lewis hasn’t had much luck thus far as he targets the southeast; several cities have even told him to “stay out of town.” Damn straight.