Monday, April 28, 2014
Larry Johnson Says Black People Should Start Their Own Basketball League
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Larry Johnson has never been one to hold back when he has something on his mind. He definitely had something on his mind Saturday in the wake of the accusations of racism against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Johnson took to Twitter and fired off a cryptic tweet that seems to suggest an all-black basketball league with all-black ownership should be formed. Johnson, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, including the last five with the Knicks, is no stranger to commenting on issues of race. During the 1999 NBA Finals between the Knicks and San Antonio Spurs, Johnson caused a stir by saying: “We’ve got a lot of rebellious slaves on this (Knicks) team.” When asked if he was referring to his teammates as slaves, Johnson seemed surprised people were confused. “I’ve got to explain that to you? We don’t go with the mainstream,” Johnson said at the time. Johnson has been an executive with the Knicks for the last two years. However, it’s unknown what his role will be under new team president Phil Jackson.