Defund the NBA!

There are about 450 players in the NBA, many of them multi-millionaires.

The one and only function of these wealthy, towering behemoths is to prance about a wooden floor bouncing a ball and throwing it into a hoop, while sometimes flying through the air for their adoring fans. 

They are millionaires because legislation long ago made their organization, the National Basketball Association, a kind of legal monopoly. And then came television. And then came social media. Billions of dollars rolled in.

Now many of these spheroid-lobbing giants have used a combination of strong-arm tactics and boo-hoo guilt trips to turn the NBA into a gigantic ad agency, piously selling a vaguely defined “social justice” with BLM murals on playing surfaces and slogans on their jerseys.

The tears they cry may be reptilian, as the conduct of many of the NBA players in the real world trumpets their hypocrisy. Worse, the NBA compounds their hypocrisy by minimizing its players’ peccadillos in order to keep the profits rolling in. The word “corrupt” comes to mind.

As has been reported elsewhere, some NBA jocks have criminal records but continue to play. Some of these would-be social justice warriors are wife and girlfriend beaters, but the NBA monopoly keeps them on the court.

Some recent criminal activity includes assault with a dangerous weapon, marijuana possession, escape, and resisting arrest.     

A goodly chunk of the millionaire NBA lobbers also have problems with fatherhood

And some of those who do get married wind up in hellacious, mind-boggling divorces characterized by the intrigues of a latin coup d’etat and settlements on the scale of a small nation’s GNP. 

One wonders if is this the content of character that should be the benchmark of the NBA. If not, why does the NBA tolerate it? 

Could it be that the NBA, now the self-appointed (self-anointed?) guide to “social justice,” only preens on moral questions that don’t get in the way of its maniacal corporate avarice? 

Why does the “pious” NBA force paying fans to endure its non-peer-reviewed parti pris sloganeering, while simultaneously ignoring the lack of moral fiber or criminality of some of its players?

And now for some real hypocrisy: NBA management. 

Amidst the BLM-induced uproar over “injustice” and “oppression” which NBA management has wholeheartedly embraced, the self-same NBA management poltroons have slithered away from Communist China. 

Remember the various bits of legislation that have given the NBA a kind of legal monopoly? Well, when nobody was looking or concerned, since 1992, the slimy NBA wriggled its way into China (Pure profit! Look at all those billions of future fans!). Some sources say the total has reached $5 billion. 

So a few months ago, when the NBA made noises about oppression in Hong Kong, the Chinese government immediately punched back at the NBA. And the spineless, profit-above-all NBA management, bereft of any testicular fortitude, simply caved-in and shut up

This kind of blatant, mind-numbing hypocrisy screams for new legislation to curb the unbridled political power of the NBA, to include taxation as with any other business. 

Moreover, it seems that basketball fans may wish to reconsider viewing or buying products promoted by the NBA, simply because of its two-faced and wholly cynical behavior.

Perhaps what is needed is a large street mural located in front of NBA Headquarters at 645 5th Avenue in Manhattan reading, in big yellow letters: DEFUND THE NBA! 

Of course, that bloviating-wangdoodle-and-quixotic-self-styled-hero-of-the-oppressed Mayor Bill de Blasio, would certainly be delighted to have such an anti-oppression tourist attraction—after all, he just helped paint the BLM mural a block away at 725 5th Avenue.

About Chuck de Caro

Chuck de Caro is a contributor to American Greatness. He was CNN's very first Special Assignments Correspondent. Educated at Marion Military Institute and the U.S. Air Force Academy, he later served with the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He has taught information warfare (SOFTWAR) at the National Defense University and the National Intelligence University. He was an outside consultant for the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment for 25 years. A pilot since he was 17, he is currently working on a book about the World War I efforts of Fiorello La Guardia, Giulio Douhet, and Gianni Caproni, which led directly to today’s U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command.

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