First, it was the National Football League.
Now, it is the National Basketball Association.
Before you know it, all professional sports will lose their mind. (Well, maybe not golf. Golf might be safe.)
And why do I say this?
Because the NBA is worked up over a particular word being used.
And that word? Owner.
Yup. Players are all worked up, dramatizing language like they’ve been cast in an afternoon soap opera.
These are the days of their lives.
According to the New York Post, Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green believes NBA owners should be called “chairmen” instead.
And Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks that is ridiculous. (Naturally).
Let the first five minutes of this soap begin:
Green said last week they should be called chairmen, as not to insinuate that they own someone, in the wake of Texans owner Bob McNair’s comment that the NFL “can’t have inmates running the prison.”
Now, Cuban wants an apology.
“For him to try to turn it into something it’s not is wrong,” the Mavericks owner told ESPN. “He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your ass for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that’s just wrong. That’s just wrong in every which way.”
Green’s exact words were:
For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman…To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.
“To be owned by someone”? I knew there were snowflakes in liberal colleges around the nation but I didn’t know snowflakes played professional basketball.
Are we really going to mutilate and dissect every word to determine its political correctness?
You know what really sets bad precedent?
Pointing your finger and condemning individuals who haven’t done or said anything wrong–just assuming they are the problem, and bad, and wrong.
Encouraging division, the “us versus them”.
These individuals do not want more proper language.
They want to create problems.
People who read that message and misinterpret it — make it seem like we don’t do everything possible to help our players succeed and don’t care about their families and don’t care about their lives, like hopefully we do for all of our employees — that’s just wrong.
We own equity. We don’t own people. … I guess it’s because he went to Michigan State and didn’t take any business classes, but you own equity. When you own a team, you own equity, shares of stock. That’s called ownership. Tell him if he wants to take classes at Indiana’s business school, I’ll even pay for his classes and we’ll help him learn that stuff.
Sporting News reported that Cuban continued his (appropriate) criticism of Green:
Draymond can trash-talk on the court, but when he comes into our world, it doesn’t fly. … I guess it’s because he went to Michigan State and didn’t take any business classes, but you own equity. When you own a team, you own equity, shares of stock. That’s called ownership. Tell him if he wants to take classes at Indiana’s business school, I’ll even pay for his classes and we’ll help him learn that stuff.
Can I get an “amen” and a big fat toast to Mark Cuban?
Thank you for standing up against the politically-correct police and knocking some sense into these “activists” who are just really trying to stir up trouble.
Don’t you agree?