The NBA sucks. They tried to placate the players rather than the fans by embracing the Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization and the millionaire players prevailing thought that systemic racism has oppressed them. The NBA became the “wokest” league in sports, with activists like LeBron James and players from other teams walking off the court because…racism, I guess.
Now the NBA say they’re going to ramp down the amount of social justice messaging that emblazons pretty much their entire product — from the players jerseys to the words painted on the hardwood. It’s probably got nothing to do with the TV ratings for the NBA Finals breaking records for futility — sure it doesn’t.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols earlier this week to talk about what the prospects are for the start of the next season. When Nichols brought up how the NBA has been a leader in “championing social justice and civil rights,” Silver gave a somewhat vague answer as to how dedicated — on the court — the NBA will be to those issues.
We’re completely committed to standing for social justice and racial equality and that’s been the case going back decades. It’s part of the DNA of this league. How it gets manifested is something we’re gonna have to sit down with the players and discuss for next season. I would say, in terms of the messages you see on the court and our jerseys, this was an extraordinary moment in time when we began these discussions with the players and what we all lived through this summer. My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy, that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor. And I understand those people who are saying ‘I’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game.’
That’s all well and good, but who knows how true that stance will remain when activists like James have their say.
Honestly, it’s too late. I don’t care anymore. The NBA made its bed. Now, it can lie in it.
To view the interview with Silver, watch below: