Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Poor, spoiled, rich kids...

These kids would be the professional atheles who play in the National Basketball Association. Last week, the NBA comissioner implemented a dress code. This code says the players must wear business attire casual when at team functions, including ball games. The code prohibits

"sneakers, sandals, flip-flops or work boots. . . . Sleeveless shirts, shorts, T-shirts, jerseys Headgear of any kind. . . . Chains, pendants, or medallions worn over the player's clothes; sunglasses while indoors; headphones (other than on the team bus or plane, or in the team locker room."

Well you know this went over like a lead ballon where 75% of the 375 players are black. Denver Nuggets' Stephen Jackson said, "I think it's a racist statement because a lot of the guys who are wearing chains are my age and are black." Philadelphia star Allen Iverson said they were being told not to dress "hip hop."

But the best example of being out of touch was Denver's Marcus Camby who said players should get a stipend to buy there new clothes. This comes from a guy who is making $8.1 million this year. He wants money to buy clothes?! The minimum salary is $385,000.

These men make millions of dollars playing a game. It is not too much to ask for a little class. In the real world, the boss set the dress code and we need to comply. If that is too much to ask for from the NBA, then the players can quit and see if they can find another job that pays as well.

Give me break.



Blogger Aimless Penguin said...

how can not being allowed to wear chains be racist? This whole racism thing has gone way too far. I wish i earned that amount of money, i don't think i'd ever complain about lack of clothes...

5:39 AM  
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