The NBA still hasn’t recovered from all the damage it did to itself by wrapping its arms around the violent Black Lives Matter movement.
And the hits just keep on coming.
And now the NBA has another woke crisis on its hands after this stunning admission that could turn the league into the next Bud Light.
The NBA cultivated an image as the most woke sports league in America.
When the 2020 season resumed following the COVID pandemic, the league let players wear pro-Black Lives Matter political messages on the back of their jerseys.
Star players like LeBron James openly campaigned against Donald Trump.
Players even went on strike during the playoffs and refused to play following the police shooting, knife-wielding, accused rapist Jacob Blake who was being arrested for allegedly kidnapping two children he had with a woman he had allegedly sexually assaulted.
Commissioner Adam Silver admitted that the league leaned into politics too heavily that year and alienated fans, as ratings for episodes of Tucker Carlson tonight were larger than those of the NBA finals.
Now the NBA is walking into another political fiasco by inserting itself into the gender identity debates.
In an interview with GQ Magazine, Che Flores came out as the first transgender nonbinary referee in NBA history.
No one is quite sure exactly what it means, but Florida told GQ it hurts when people call her a woman when she thinks she is a man.
“One piece I was missing for myself was that no one knew how I identified,” Flores stated. “Being misgendered as she/her always just felt like a little jab in the gut.”
Flores refereed college games for 13 years before joining the NBA in 2021.
In the interview Flores told GQ that when she began refereeing, women were expected to look like women which made it difficult for her.
“When I started refereeing, you had to look a certain way,” Flores added. “This is the first time I’m comfortable expressing myself through my own fashion and not having to worry about it. I feel one hundred percent myself now.”
And like the woke activists in schools, Flores said the goal was to promote her lifestyle choices as a model for children to look up to.
“I just think of having younger queer kids look at somebody who’s on a high-profile stage and not using it,” Flores continued.
“And I’m not using the league to an advantage in any way. This is just to let young kids know that we can exist, we can be successful in all different ways. For me, that is most important—to just be a face that somebody can be like, oh, okay, that person exists. I think I can do that,” Flores concluded.
Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.