Monday, September 26, 2022

Black NBA Players Want to Ban the Word ‘Owner’

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors is introduced before Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
(June 1, 2019 – Source: Getty Images North America

*Black NBA players have had enough of feeling like slaves on the plantation, which is why many are calling for an end of the use of the O-word. 

And what exactly is the O-word?


Apparently, many find the word racially insensitive, and as reports, numerous teams have had high-level discussions about moving away from the word “owner.”

TMZ Sports claims two teams have already implemented that policy.

“We’re told the conversations essentially center around the idea that the term, owner — in a league where the majority of the players are black — feels racially insensitive,” TMZ reported.

The push to move away from the term follows comments Draymond Green made on LeBron James’ show, “The Shop,” late last year. 

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“You shouldn’t say owner,” said the Golden State Warrior. “When you think of a basketball team, nobody thinks of the f***in’ Golden State Warriors and think of that damn bridge. They think of the players that make that team … you don’t even know what the f*** [the bridge] is called.”

Green made similar comments back in 2017, when he told reporters: “Very rarely do we take the time to rethink something and say, ‘Maybe that’s not the way.’”

“Just because someone was taught that 100 years ago doesn’t make that the right thing today. And so, when you look at the word ‘owner,’ it really dates back to slavery. The word ‘owner,’ ‘master’ — it dates back to slavery. … We just took the words and we continued to put it to use.”

Jon Stewart co-signed his views when he also appeared on “The Shop”

“When your product is purely the labor of people then owner sounds like something that is of a feudal nature.”

The National Basketball Association issued a statement to TMZ, which said, “We refer to the owners of our teams as Governors; each team is represented on our Board of Governors.”

On Tuesday, conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh reacted “owner” controversy stating:

“The insanity continues to pile up. The unbelievable, disbelievable continues to pile up.”

He continued:

“Most of the players in the NBA (most, not all) are African-American, and they are making multiple millions of dollars a year..And yet they apparently are feeling oppressed and nervous when the people that own the teams for which they play, the people that pay them, when they are called “owners” it conjures up all of the fearful memories of the days of slavery that all of these players have escaped from. Except, wait! Not one of them have ever been slaves. But I guess this is the latest attempt by the left to enforce the notion that America still is a slave state, that nothing has really changed about America. That America is, thus, unjust, illegitimate, and unqualified as a worldwide superpower.”

Watch Draymond’s comments on the issue via the clip below. WARNING: Contains obscene language. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.



  1. How can these black players protest, somebody owning something. Mercy, you are all overpaid prima donna’s who could not get a real job that took thinking instead of shooting a ball through a hoop. You are very fortunate to have this talent and should look at your boss and say THANK YOU.

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