In the light of the current event that has been the NBA/fan fisticuffs, let's enjoy Jason Whitlock's column in the Kansas City Star (bolding is mine). NBA commissioner David Stern sent a message to his players Sunday...I am, however, concerned that the league's players will remain in denial... ...In this column, I am calling on my peers in the media to level with NBA players (and all professional athletes) and tell them what's really going on. American sports fans, particularly those who consistently shell out the hundreds of dollars it takes to attend a professional game, are fed up with black professional basketball players in particular and black professional athletes to a lesser degree. Yeah, let's cut through all the garbage and get to the real issue. The people paying the bills don't like the product, don't like the attitude, don't like the showboating and don't like the flamboyance. The NBA, which relies heavily on African-American players, is at the forefront of fan backlash... ...What the players must come to grips with is that just because race is an element in the backlash, that doesn't mean the backlash is fueled by racism... ...We, black people, begged for integration. We demanded the right to play in the major leagues, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL. These leagues accommodate a white audience. As long as the customer base is white, the standard for appropriate sportsmanship, style of play and appearance should be set by white people. This is fair, particularly when the athletes/employees earn millions of dollars and have the freedom to do whatever — and I mean whatever — they want when they're not playing or practicing. If African-American players are unwilling to accept this reality, NBA owners will speed up the internationalization of their team's rosters. Many African-American players with NBA-quality skill will soon find themselves circling the country playing basketball with Hot Sauce and the And 1 Tour while Yao Nowitzki collects a $10 million NBA check. The black players will have no one to blame but themselves. Discuss, please.