The scandal involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the racist comments he made had morphed the NBA into both a league enjoying its postseason and one that is reminding to world of how progressive it is, even if it has a few dinosaurs who refuse to die.
Dwyane Wade gave his perspective on the matter but took it a step further to note that while racism is a central theme here, so too is discrimination and bigotry which extends beyond race.
“This is not just an African-American thing,” Wade said. “Obviously, it’s a minority thing. There’s so many different people of different genders. We have women that ref our games. The NBA has opened its doors up to so many people. For that to happen, it was very unfortunate. But for what happened (Tuesday), what our commissioner stood for and said, what our players have said and were willing to do, I thought it was great for our game.”
Sexism and homophobia are two of the lesser talked about forms of discrimination across all major sports, but the NBA is leading the charge in changing that. When you have a superstar like Wade coming out and painting with a fine-toothed brush, not missing a detail in the bigger picture, you know your league is in good and intelligent hands.