Lithuanian team president: Teams should be limited to two black players, or they’ll form a gang


Lithuania has a proud basketball legacy.

This is not contributing to it.

BC Lietuvos Rytas president Gedvydas Vainauskas said some racist things about the construction of his team:

As translated by Simonas Baranauskas:

Vainauskas later released a statement:

„While talking about the lessons learned during the last season, I had in my mind the situation with foreign players.

The principal position of BC Lietuvos Rytas is that a basketball player first of all is a professional.

Unfortunately, a few our foreigners did not meet expectations of the club.

During the play-offs they acted irresponsibly and that had a great negative impact on our team’s performance. In my interview, I expressed my disappointment about some of the  foreign players selected for the season.

I apologize, if I was improperly understood.“

Translation: I didn’t use enough code words initially to describe my concerns about black players, but I still want to express similar sentiments.

This should not fly. Euroleague Basketball is proposing consequences.