*In Australia, a promotional TV spot has upset several African-American former stars of the (Australian) National Basketball League who said a scene featuring a black player hopping into bed with a white couple is insensitive and racist.
The promo shows a series of Australian basketball players throwing a ball around a suburban house. Near the end, Sydney Kings forward Taj McCullough, who is black, leaps onto a white couple’s bed and nuzzles up to the woman. McCullough is the only player of color featured in the commercial.
Former Melbourne Tigers player Darryl McDonald slammed the advertisement.
“It puts black Americans in a bad light,” McDonald, who is also African-American, told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “That commercial has nothing to do with basketball. Nobody else would present their sport this way.”
In a statement on Friday, the NBL defended the ad as “lighthearted and fun.”
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Watch the advert below and judge for yourself if it’s racist: