Possessing all the subtlety of a Dikembe Mutombo signature finger wag in the celebratory aftermath after rejecting an opponent three feet above the rim, leadership of the politically correct National Basketball Association is attempting to enforce restrictive policy that strains legality.
In response to ideological activists, league executives and employees are notorious for eliciting stipulations that assault both the First and Second Amendment, as the flailing athletic organization would be an optimal candidate for relocating Pyongyang, Moscow, or Beijing. Ironically, the burgeoning hysteria of the NBA’s popularity in China, threatens to brainwash a large population demographic already under the influence of indoctrination on the level of a Marshall Applewhite mass suicide cult, as audiences in North America have grown indifferent to a brand that has not been the same since Michael Jordan retired.
After San Antonio Spurs head coach engaged in gun control tirade during his final post-game press conference of the season, and Golden State Warrior head man Steve Kerr used the incredulous term of “gun violence” during a media showdown, things seemingly could not get any worse for an uninspired product of spoiled millionaires perfecting a child’s game. However, in context to Murphy’s law, the league recently drew the viral ire of once-fans discussing permanently boycotting pro basketball though social media channels.
Recently, the PR mechanism of the league announced that Memphis Grizzles superstar point guard Ja Morant would receive disciplinary action for allegedly brandishing a firearm during a live stream post on Instagram. The video, filmed in a colleague’s vehicle captured the All-star hoopster interacting with fellow occupants while listening to rap music. This is Morant’s second violation of the league’s rather ambiguous code of ethics over the last three months involving a gun. Allegedly, the league only embraces the urban culture on when billions of dollars are at stake in targeting key demographics.
Both controversial incidents occurred outside the confines of basketball arenas or team complexes, and why the NBA is punishing an athlete for exercising a fundamental right though tainted by recklessness, spawned an instant backlash on various social networks in calling out the hypocrisy of an organization that regularly employs armed security and works in conjunction with law enforcement designed to heighten security around players and coaches.
While the buzz surrounding the floundering brand remains muted due to the fact that professional basketball leadership does not endorse the concept of defense both on and off the court, the blatantly contrived ebb and flow of the ideology and the tiresome script of conjuring heroes that are not authentic only exacerbates the disconnect with a fanbase that has become understandably apathetic.
As the issue of race will certainly be explored by those on both sides of the political spectrum on why certain stigmas still exist in what idealists describe as an amicable and open-minded society and traditionalists label as an ecosystem conducive to basic freedoms, entertainment has clearly been infiltrated by partisan politics.
There is no hope of escape from the umbrella of the polarizing, as radioactive manifestoes are intermixed with every facet of interaction facilitated by the dubious proportion of smart devices and a shrinking universal attention span.
At the price tag of just under $200 million, Morant’s lucrative contract with Memphis is simply an example of how far the “American Dream” has decayed and the disturbing current marketplace of how much free will can be bought and sold for. How much Beijing lobbied for the suspension should be noted, as the tentacles of the Chinese propaganda mechanism are unsettlingly prevalent in contemporary popular culture, and the icons of the hardwood are unknowingly servants for the revisionists.