An all white basketball league?

21 01 2010

According to the Augusta Chronicle, the All-American Basketball Alliance (AABA) stated on Jan. 17 that it  is starting a professional basketball league for white Americans. They intend to start its inaugural season in June and wants Augusta, GA to 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’s mayor, Deke Copenhaver, does not support this team, but he has supported other minor leagues in the past.

“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.”

Commissioner of the ABBA, Don “Moose” Lewis says the reason for the restrictions isn’t 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.”

Check out the full story here.

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