Martin Luther King Rumors
They asked different people within the group — staff members, players, coaches and even owner Ted Leonsis and mascot G-Wiz — to share a quote from an African American pioneer they admired. They put that quote alongside one of their own in composite images released on this page and their social media channels. A couple of them … looked a little out of touch. Like this one of Leonsis and Martin Luther King Jr. And this one of mascot G-Wiz and Benjamin D. Davis Jr.
A Monumental Sports spokesman apologized for the photos when reached by SB Nation: “Throughout Black History Month we ran an “Inspire” campaign. We asked a variety of Wizards, Capitals and Mystics players and staff to share who inspired them. We asked them for a favorite quotation and then created a composite image that was half the player/staff member and half the person they admired. We released one composite image a day throughout February in an attempt to honor those whom our staff had identified as heroes. We intended this as a way to celebrate Black History Month and focus on the many important contributions by African-Americans to American history and culture. On a personal level, it was a way to share thoughts on African-American historical figures whom we admire. We may have missed the mark, and we apologize to those who were offended by the way this was presented.”
Mills drew comparisons between Martin Luther King and Eddie Mabo — not the first time he has discussed the Australian indigenous leader among his San Antonio Spurs teammates. Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander who fought a long battle for recognition of land rights for indigenous Australians. “The other part of it is my strong belief in Martin Luther King Jr is also the same as Eddie Mabo,” Mills said. “Those two guys are very close together. They both share the same message around the world, here and in Australia.”