More bad press for NBA after LA Lakers star offends fans with disgusting courtside antics

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The National Basketball Association touts on social media that “there’s nothing like the NBA,” but the courtside antics of a member of the Los Angeles Lakers was surely not what the league had in mind when it comes to must-see highlights.

When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped the NBA in October, tweeting that the league is engaged in a concerted effort to “insult their fans,” he was talking about their effort to “turn every game into a left-wing political lecture,” but players brazenly clipping their toenails on the bench during a game is another surefire way to insult fans.

 

On Friday, the final day of preseason games, power forward Anthony Davis was seen doing just that and social media users did not appreciate the disgusting act.

Davis is teammates with left-wing primadonna star Lebron James, who has plenty of sway in how the player-dominated league operates, and with the Lakers winning the NBA championship in 2020 it’s safe to say they are feeling invincible.

Even more so for Davis, who parlayed the successful season into a new five-year, $190 million maximum contract to stay with the Lakers, and his antics on Friday show how pampered these elitist athletes are — a bench-riding rookie receives at least $893,310 to play in the league.

Never mind that television ratings for the 2020 NBA Finals dropped to a historic low, despite the league favorite Lakers being one of the teams — there was a reported 51% decline from the previous year.

And while the liberal media rushed to blame the coronavirus pandemic instead of the NBA’s full-on embrace of the oft-violent Black Lives Matter movement, commissioner Adam Silver let it be known in early October that fans will not BLM banners and other social justice messages on NBA courts and jerseys in 2021.

After the BLM riots over the summer, The NBA plastered “Black Lives Matter” across the courts and allowed players to feature slogans like “I Can’t Breathe” and “Say Their Names” on their jerseys in place of their names.

“My sense is there will be some sort of return to normalcy,” Silver said. “That those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor. I understand those people who are saying ‘I’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game.'”

A basketball game that doesn’t involve elitist multi-millionaire athletes pampering themselves courtside — Davis could fire back that the Lakers won the game over the Phoenix Suns 114-113 and that he scored a game-high 35 points.

Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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