Basketball Oops

(As promised, this is a bonus diary to try to make up for the time I was unable to connect to the internets. Let’s take a moment and talk about something other than politics (and if you just got here, look for the diary posted today if you like politics more.)
From ABC News:

African-Americans Tuesday criticized New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas for saying it was less offensive for black men than for white men to call black women “bitches.”

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“A white man calling a black woman ‘bitch,’ that is wrong with me. I’m not accepting that. That’s a problem for me,” Thomas said in a videotaped deposition shown during a trial brought against the team by a former marketing executive who claims she was harassed by Thomas and wrongfully terminated.

But when asked if it was wrong for a black man to call black women bitches, Thomas said “not as much” and “I’m sorry to say, I do make a distinction.”


That comment prompted the new resurgence of an old debate over who, if anyone, could use derogatory epithets, and when, if ever, it was acceptable to use them.


The taped deposition was played by lawyers for Anucha Brown Sanders, a former vice president of marketing for the Knicks, who accuses Thomas of calling her “bitch,” “f***ing bitch” and “ho.” Sanders claimed she was fired when she complained about Thomas’ comments and sexual advances. She is seeking $10 million and wants her job back.


Filed under Basketball, Don Imus, humor, Isiah Thomas, Knicks, movies, parody, Sexual Harassment, snark, Sports

5 responses to “Basketball Oops

  1. gottagrip

    “Ho”, “Ho”, “Ho”!!! Nothing but coal in Isiah’s stocking this year. Santa says he’s been very, very bad…..

  2. nonnie9999

    i was originally going to call this the basketball hirees. however, the online dictionary says the word, hirees, does not exist. in my world (and in the dictionary), there are hirers. who do the hirers hire if there are no hirees? oh well, who knows if anyone other than me would get the pun anyway. so many things are very funny in my head, but once i say them, they are met by dead silence and blank stares.

  3. Friend of the court

    Seems like, if someone is taking you to court for calling them “bitch”, then it is not ok. No matter what color you are, it is a rude thing to say and derogatory to anyone who is talked to like that as well as the talker. “Bitch”, is inappropriate language, especially in a profesional setting, unless you are a dog breeder.

    Don’t let the dead silence and blank stares slow you down, nonnie. A sense of humor is not as developed in some people as others. Much as, “common sense”, is not all that common. I make up words, frequently. Sometimes, there is just not an off-the-rack word that will do. Maybe, you could download a more creative spell checker? 🙂

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  5. nonnie9999

    i am so used to blank stares and dead silence that it no longer bothers me. i am all for making up words. if it is good enough for the resident of the white house, then it’s good enough for all of us. and i mean that most assuritively.