Talk about political correctness madness, the NBA may have just jumped the shark.
Things happen fast in post-Obama America, and in a league were nearly 80% of the players are black, team owners are no longer called owners — they are now referred to as “governors.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was asked by TMZ about teams no longer using the term “owner” and Silver said that he was “sensitive” to the word that may have racial components in the eyes of some.
Michael Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, may beg to differ.
“I do,” Silver said, when he was asked if he liked the idea of moving away from the term.
“I don’t want to overreact to the term because, as I said earlier, people end up twisting themselves into knots avoiding the use of the word owner,” he added. “But, we moved away from that term years ago in the league.”
“We call our team owners ‘governor of the team’ and ‘alternate governor,'” Silver said. “I think it makes sense.”
The commissioner did acknowledge that there are differing thoughts at play on the issue.
“Players have gone both ways,” he said. “I think a few players have actually spoken out and said the greatest thing that ever happened was when Michael Jordan was able to call himself an owner.”
“But, of course, Draymond Green has been very public about the fact that we should be moving away from the term … and I completely respect that,” Silver continued.
Green, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, said in 2017: “[W]hen you look at the word ‘owner,’ it really dates back to slavery. The word ‘owner,’ ‘master’ — it dates back to slavery. We just took the words and we continued to put it to use.”
Apply that logic to the English language and see how many words are left.
Green is playing out a 5 year, $82 million contract, making $18.5 million next season and will hit the open free agency market. His next contract will make the $82 million deal look like pocket change.
Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban waded into controversy when he rejected Green’s logic.
“For him to try to turn it into something it’s not is wrong,” Cuban told the liberal sports network ESPN. “He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your *ss for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that’s just wrong.”
The average NBA team was worth $1.65 billion in 2018 and the 30 teams generated $7.4 billion in revenue that season, according to Forbes.
Social media users are suggesting owners are going to agree to whatever they have to in order to keep the goose laying golden eggs.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
This world is so… pic.twitter.com/ezQ2pHRLOT
— Diesel DFS (@DieselDFS) June 24, 2019
The NBA owners are saying whatever. Do what you gotta do. pic.twitter.com/h2fHa3GNtr
— Soupy Mike? (@mmaguire060) June 24, 2019
— Chris (@ceevee84) June 24, 2019
— Darren Carr (@DCarr75) June 24, 2019
Just listen to podcasts by the players. The still use it.
— Weak Side Help (@Weak_Side_Help) June 24, 2019
Yep and let’s change the name of @TheMasters too. Jesus jiminy.
— Big Guy (@Sportnut211118) June 24, 2019
From here on out we’ll just refer to them as “person who spent 1 billion dollars to look after organization”
— Coach Gordon Bombay (@GordonnBombay) June 24, 2019
I don’t get it. They own the franchise, not the players. The players are employees. They own the franchise, therefore are owners of the franchise. How is that racially insensitive?
— Mark (@MarBoie4) June 24, 2019
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