While Black America was traffic with all that comes along with meaningful that there’s zero we can do to stop the police from killing us and getting divided with it, there was another story involving prevalent injustice that flew under the radar on Friday.
Gedvydas Vainauskas is the boss of the Lithuanian basketball group BC Lietuvos Rytas, and believes that too many Black players on his group are a problem, since it can lead to gangs.
“We’ve always held a position that there shouldn’t be some-more than two black players on the team. What happened was that manager Tomas Pacesas likes to play with black players – to control them, to learn them, to mentor them – and we finished up with 4 players that are black. All of a sudden, they came together to form…how should we put it…a arrange of a gang. It can't be that way; no some-more than two black players – we can contend that from my 23 years of knowledge in the business. Teams, don’t ever have some-more than two black players … (smiles) Because that’s when bad things start to take place.”
Vainauskas is the Donald Sterling of the European Basketball League. Back in 2014, Sterling became a domicile name when TMZ expelled audio of the former Los Angeles Clippers owners making extremist comments to his partner about bringing Black people to games.
“You can nap with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want,” he said. “The little we ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”
Vainauskas tried to apologize and explain his “comments,” but identical to Sterling, it only done things worse.
“While articulate about the lessons schooled during the last season, we had in my mind the conditions with unfamiliar players. The principal position of BC Lietuvos Rytas is that a basketball player first of all is a professional. Unfortunately, a few the foreigners did not meet expectations of the club. During the playoffs they acted irresponsibly and that had a good disastrous impact on the team’s performance. In my interview, we voiced my beating about some of the unfamiliar players comparison for the season. we apologize, if we was improperly understood.”
That’s not an apology, it’s a serve complaint of what Vainauskas really thinks about “foreigners.”
Situations like this aren’t new, and the thought that group ownerships can at times perspective their players, of all races, as anything other than acquired assets, instead of humans, isn’t either.
But in just 9 words, Vainauskas showed us what he really thinks of Black players.
“To control them, to learn them, to mentor them.”
Slaves used to be referred to as chattel, or even worse, three-fifths of a person.
You control, teach, and mentor pets, not Black men.
BC Lietuvos Rytas isn’t some pointless European Basketball group either. In fact, they’re one of the many successful teams in Lithuania. Former Black collegiate stars like Kareem Rush, Hollis Price, D.J. Strawberry, Tyrese Rice, and Omar Cook have all matched up for the organization, and at one indicate were critical to the team’s success. The country has also constructed a vast series of college basketball players, as good as some-more obvious NBA players over the years like Arvydas Sabonis, Sarunas Marciulionis, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Far too many times men like Vainauskas are in positions of power. Which is because he needs to be nude of it.
The European Basketball League expelled a matter on the occurrence and pragmatic that fortify will occur.
“European basketball has always been and will continue being an instance of formation on and off the court, where cultures, races and religions have always come together under one passion, the foe of basketball. It is precisely these many cultures, languages, races and ways of bargain and vital the foe which creates it a singular and enriching knowledge as good as a apparatus for bringing people together, people who have done story with some of the biggest performances in European basketball. The views voiced by Mr. Vainauskas are deeply offensive, harmful, and discordant to the beliefs of inclusion and respect.
“A disciplinary move has been non-stop by Euroleague Basketball against the Club, while it will be due at the arriving 7DAYS EuroCup General Assembly that Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius ceases to represent EuroCup clubs at the Board of the competition.”
A “disciplinary proceeding” isn’t enough. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did what he indispensable to do by getting absolved of Sterling, but this occurrence is the second time something like this has occurred in veteran basketball and twice isn’t a fluke.
The Euroleague, as good as the NBA, need to make certain this conditions doesn’t occur for the third time.
Because if Friday taught us anything, it’s that in 2017, Black men still can’t get justice, either it be for their lives, or on a basketball court.
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