By Bill Matthews
(ATLANTA) Hoping to create the first sports league that has no spectators, Don “Moose” Lewis is putting together a basketball league featuring only American-born players who have two Caucasian parents.
“And I don’t mean like Webster, where it’s some black kid adopted by white people either,” Lewis told The Peoples News in an exclusive interview. “I’m talking about a game where only the basketball is brown. Or orange. Whatever.”
His new league, the All-American Basketball Alliance, intends to kick off its inaugural season in June.
“White people like basketball played with precise cuts, crisp passes and, preferably, below the rim,” Lewis said. “The fast-paced street game of the NBA just doesn’t cut it anymore. We have to take back the sport we invented.”
Lewis, a boxing promoter and professional huckster, previously tried to create his own basketball league in 2001. It was a multi-ethnic league he called the American Basketball Association and he planned to pay white players extra for wearing crew cuts and blacks more for wearing Afros. The league didn’t catch on.
But he has hope for the AABA.
“There’s nothing white people like more than watching white people play sports. White Americans, that is,” he said. “The most popular athletes in the world today are white Americans. Like Brett Farve.”
When pressed to name another popular white American athlete, Lewis was momentarily stumped. But then he rallied.
“Jimmy Johnson and all the NASCAR guys!” he said.
The NBA was once an all-white league, and whites dominated rosters until the 1970s when owners finally accepted that blacks were much, much, much better at the game.
Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball and 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 attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?” he said. “Or what if they poured salt on your head and tried to eat you? Is that what white fans want? I say no.”
Lewis said race has no bearing on his decision to close his league off to anyone who isn’t an American-born white person. He also said he will probably never watch any of the games.
Note: This article is true.
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