Liberalism has devolved to the point where words are twisted, turned and manipulated to whatever particular meaning of that word fits the narrative the movement is trying to push. Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors provided the latest example of this leftist chicanery when he suggested in an Instagram post that we should stop using the word “owner” as it relates to pro sports – Green’s implication is that owning a sports team is somehow synonymous to owning slaves.
Green’s Instagram post is in context of the news that Texans owner Bob McNair said, “We can’t have inmates running the prison” regarding the protests being carried out by NFL players.
“For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman,” Green wrote. “To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.”
(McNair has since said he wasn’t even referring to players but rather the NFL league office – an assertion supported by last weekend’s report that there is a group of team owners unhappy with the way commissioner Roger Goodell has handled the controversy. But the story had already been written – you know, the one that says McNair has to be a racist – so not many people are interested in hearing McNair’s perfectly logical explanation.)
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a prominent voice of the anti-Trump chorus, called out Green for the ridiculousness of his ‘let’s stop using the word owner’ rant. In fact, Cuban wants an apology.
Here’s what Cuban told ESPN:
“For him to try to turn it into something it’s not is wrong. He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your ass for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that’s just wrong. That’s just wrong in every which way.
“People who read that message and misinterpret it – make it seem like we don’t do everything possible to help our players succeed and don’t care about their families and don’t care about their lives, like hopefully we do for all of our employees – that’s just wrong.
“If you want to talk about slavery and everything that’s important about it and some people who make comments and don’t respect other individuals, great, let’s have that conversation about people who don’t respect others. But don’t try to suggest that because we have a team and the nomenclature is ‘owners’ because we own shares of stock, own equity, that it’s analogous to slavery. That’s just as bad [as McNair’s comment]. It’s just as bad.”
Green’s carelessness represents one of the reasons liberalism is failing. As Cuban points out, making statements that have no relevance, and really make no sense whatsoever, robs us of having meaningful conversations about important topics. The more bullshit like Green’s is spewed, the less progress we’ll make.