Foul call

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

A group of black ac­tivists is skep­ti­cal of the new study made pub­lic two weeks ago charg­ing that ref­eree racism against black play­ers ex­ists in pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball.

Fur­ther­more, the re­lease of such a study charg­ing racial bias by NBA ref­er­ees — as in white ref­er­ees call­ing more fouls against black play­ers than they do white play­ers — will “un­nec­es­sar­ily in­cite racial ten­sions,” warn mem­bers of the non­par­ti­san black or­ga­ni­za­tion Project 21.

“Racism con­tin­ues to gen­er­ate head­lines re­gard­less of its plau­si­bil­ity. The only thing this study proves is that if you shout ‘racism’ you can get na­tional me­dia at­ten­tion,” says Project 21 fel­low De­neen Borelli. “The au­thors of this study should be fouled out for ex­ploit­ing racism.”

Con­ducted by a pair of univer­sity pro­fes­sors, the study an­a­lyzed 600,000 foul calls over 13 sea­sons.

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