Rasheed Wallace had some strong words about the NBA in a recent interview:
But there is no ambivalence, no question about how he feels, in the strong language he uses to criticize the NBA and how it treats black players. In a league where all but one team owner and a vast majority of the decision-makers are white, a league where an estimated 80 percent of the players are black, race is always an issue just below the surface but one rarely discussed.
But discuss it, Wallace did, in terms sure to spark comment around the league.
Wallace thinks that the white establishment of the league is exploiting young black athletes to enrich itself, and he doesn’t mince words in talking about it.
“I ain’t no dumb-ass nigger out here. I’m not like a whole bunch of these young boys out here who get caught up and captivated into the league,” Wallace, 29, said. “No. I see behind the lines. I see behind the false screens. I know what this business is all about. I know the commissioner of this league makes more than three-quarters of the players in this league.
“There’s a whole lot of crunching numbers that, quote-unquote, me as an athlete and me as an NBA player should know. In my opinion, they just want to draft niggers who are dumb and dumber — straight out of high school. That’s why they’re drafting all these high school cats, because they come into the league and they don’t know no better. They don’t know no better, and they don’t know the real business, and they don’t see behind the charade.
“They look at black athletes like we’re dumb-ass niggers. It’s as if we’re just going to shut up, sign for the money and do what they tell us.”
I wish the reporter had asked him to go deeper on how the players are being exploited. I know many people will think he’s being ridiculous because he’s making $17 million this year, but hey, it’s all relative. No matter how much you make you can still be a ho — just don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for you though if you’re a multi-millionaire ho. 🙂
I hope somebody does a follow-up interview so we can hear some details about the exploitation. I hope it’s deeper than just the fact that David Stern makes more than most of the players do. Surely he doesn’t think the bosses aren’t gonna take their piece of the pie. And David Stern/the owners/NBA management are the ones responsible for creating an environment where Rasheed can make his long dollars.
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