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Rapper Common is praising the NBA's decision to drop the title "owner," a term he believes is inconsiderate of the history of slavery in America.

According to published reports, the NBA has begun the process of replacing the term owner with "chairman" or "governor."

The NBA took action after Golden State Warriors' star Draymond Green mention the issue during an episode of LeBron James' HBO series The Shop.

About 74% of NBA players are Black, while 23% are white.

TMZ Sports approached Common at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles, and asked him about the movement.

"I'm so pleased," he said. "The term owner - it didn't sit right with me. The history of what we have and we are as black people in this country, it's just not really being considerate of the history."

Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, now calls himself 'Chairman' of the team instead of the owner. And the Philadelphia 76ers owners are now 'managing partners' or 'limited partners.'

But Warriors owner Joe Lacob, pictured right, is still listed as 'owner'.

Not everyone is in agreement that teams should do away with the owner title.

One Breitbart.com reader wrote: "If you own the team, you should be called the "team owner" - right? It made sense for as long as the English language has been around, but not with today's snowflakes."

Another reader wrote, "The owners own the franchise. Not the players. You would have to be a complete idiot to not see the difference."

The Warriors face elimination tonight against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto. The Raptors lead the series 3-1.
 

  • iWasteTime

    Sandra who is the man in Wendy's LA trip pics?!!
    We got a hand and arm, I want the rest ... lol

  • Bree

    I'm confused, doesn't Common write and own his music, home, car, etc. etc.? Would he not call himself the owner of those things? Or is it just people we are speaking about?! The NBA has been around for how long, Common?! Help me understand

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Slow news day let me catch up on my shows ..... IDGAF about this ..... titles don't mean shyt to me ...... #Ever these folks bleed just like anybody else ..... I'm taking care !!!! #Peace

  • Kayke

    I understand what you’re saying but the things you listed are things .... not people.

  • iWasteTime

    Yes, he is the owner of those material things.
    When you are called the owner of a person/people it has a different connotation.

  • Rayscoty

    Serena Williams owned him at one time.. Never mind

  • Dowoop

    ??

  • Nik

    I'm black and proud and I find this ridiculous. Using this logic there are a lot of words we should eliminate. So what should we now call a "Master's" degree? What should we call a gold "chain"? Are we going to relabel 100% "cotton"? Come on, son.

  • Nik
  • Alextra Ballard

    Really Common?!?! Common dunT lost alla his “common”sense. Maaan find something else tew bidch about.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hell I was confused about the Master's certificate ... like wtf is that .... way too many titles out here .... exhausting

  • Nik

    Girl you know everybody wants to be important!

  • Logan Roberts

    Nah that was Erykah.

  • KcoolMuziq

    #TEAMDRAYMONDGREEN

  • Nik

    You do have a point here. I don't want to disrespect the man's' thoughts and I'm open to another point of view. However, I think what he's proposing is absolutely trivial. Our cultural self-esteem should be high enough to not need that kind of accommodation.

  • CookieMobster

    This is some of the GAYEST shit in have ever heard. The owner of my company f*cking OWNS the company. He is my company owner. Thats not disrespectful that is just fucking English. Idiots

  • free

    yall MFs calling me "owner" if i own the shit.

  • SoulfulLove

    ok. Common you doin too much now.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe
  • Carrington

    This political correct society foolery is getting out of hand. Anything I BUY, I OWN... so, you can't own a McDonald's anymore if you have black employees? Oprah can't own OWN because she has them horrible a$$ed Tyler Perry shows with the blacks on them?

    Jeff Bezos owns Amazon. Beyoncé and Jay Z own Tidal. My deddy owned restaurants and night clubs and ice cream shops. All of those businesses have, or had, black employees - do we only NOT use the term "owner" when you have black employees?

    Y'all created "cis-gender" to make an adjustment so that women, born as men, feel more like women. Now, you can't own $hit anymore?

    I'm tired.

    How does this work?

  • Soda

    Let me know when people, Black people especially, stop using the n-word because that doesn't sit right with me. Term of endearment my @ss.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Wendy is painting a picture for her estranged husband. I really think it’s staged. I guess we will find out in time.

  • Soon2BWife

    But they are still owned. The OWNERS. like we don't give af what you call us! We not given up 1% of our ownership so call us what you will. Sometimes black people.....nevermind.

  • MsPam

    So the word owner has been around since the beginning of the NBA now people are offended?! I think the NBA should change the name to NSA, National Sassy Association.

  • wonderwoman

    Wendy’s doing too much. It’s probably her son, look at the shoes.IJS

  • Carrington

    So, when, in the history of the NBA have you heard ANY team owner say, "I OWN Magic Johnson... Wilt Chamberlain, John Paxson, Larry Bird?" Not ONCE. All you've ever heard anyone say is that I'm a TEAM owner and, the last time I checked, they were absolutely right if they put their money on the table... so, what connotation are we speaking of when this has never been a thing?

  • Topic Influencer

    So...was this hurtful BEFORE black players were even IN the NBA? or naw? 1950. Like...??? https://media1.giphy.com/media/lkdH8FmImcGoylv3t3/giphy.gif

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaoooo at Master certificate....I remember that shidt from Dr. Siovaughn Funchess

  • free

    who stole these MFs and forced them to work for free? they entered the goddamn draft and most of them got their pappies and mammies making them dribble and shoot at 6 and 7 years old trying to get on MY team and got the nerve to make me try to change MY name? sheeeeed lol.

  • Topic Influencer

    Beyoncé and Jay Z own Tidal.
    ^^^^^
    They asses ALSO "OWNED"...part of an NBA team. Recently. Where in the fukk was the outrage then?

  • Topic Influencer

    Its some of the stupidest shit I ever heard

  • Nik
  • Soon2BWife

    Enjoy, J. Fru!

  • free

    i'm hot and i don't even own shit lololol

  • Carrington

    I mean, I think we have to be careful about the $hit we decide to champion. Some $hit is silly and not worth the effort. Of ALL the $hit he could've used that HUGE voice to bring attention to - THIS is what outrages you? THIS?!?
    And then we wonder why "they" think we just complain about stupid $hit and don't take us seriously when we have a LEGITIMATE gripe. FOH!

  • Nik

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Topic Influencer

    THIS!!! A whole WORD

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    This is overkill. We have bigger issues. If you invest enough is something, you may have the rights to be considered an owner. If the players don't like it, pick another profession I OWN my house. The end... I'm not chairman or governor over it. It's my money and my house. In some businesses, they prefer the term Partner instead of owner. This is frequent in the financial industry but it's a preference.
    Pick a better battle...

  • Calikush

    Word!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Like wtf when that start ...... da ego is strong as fawk out here .... Common on some models shyt .... corny ninja

  • Blak

    "Us"? Isn't this negro getting checks by people who own companies that employ him? This negro is not even a CEO and needs to sit in a corner and shut up and eat his damn food.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I could care less about the title these folks have and the semantics involved. The power is in the money-when will they do profit sharing with the players? Black folks love praising useless shit.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This is yet again Fake news Chile dun dun dun dun!!!!!!! ? manufactured crisis

  • leapyearpisces

    Lonnie been getting on my nerves here lately.

  • Mielle Downey

    Amen to that.

  • Michelle Peele

    Okay Common - X Luther King!

  • Mielle Downey

    It's like we have a chain that is yanked every time leftists need to advance their own interests. People own ish periodt. Jayz is the owner of what ever he owns and that hasn't changed etc...PC cultural is a Marxist mind eff and jerk circle. They know which disenfranchised victims to exploit for their own gains. Colonizers will be colonizers. Kim Kardashian is taking credit for the work of smart black women working to free black prisoners. Does this sound familial and why is no one reading or putting her colonizing behind on blast. I guess it don't fit the script for white liberals.

  • Mielle Downey

    Preach!!!

  • Mielle Downey

    That is just the effing truth but the way the tell it's like it's a crime because they want the black people to be triggered.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ms. Badu “own” his mind,body,and soul. She fvcked up his head so bad homeboy stated “he couldn’t even eat”. Nugga Gon Somewhere!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Erykah!!! Come git Common...nvm....she don’t want him eitha

  • Mielle Downey

    yes, but they own the franchise not the Players that is the difference. People own ish get over it and stop it with the PC culture. I own my house and dare somebody to tell me different because my children will be offended. Either my kids get over it or find somewhere else to live where it is not owned to live.

  • Trace da Ace

    yawn.....pass.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It's annoying when negros try to be so "woke", and just overdo it with petty foolishness like this.

  • Logan Roberts

    I never did like this fake hotep/hoetep.

  • Karen Brady

    LOL

  • Elevated Soul

    These niggahs are triggered by anything but what is hella real is that the same ignant azzzzzzzzzz athletes never had any issue accepting money from their "owners"....If they were really about it,then they would quit the jobs because no matter what they call,these WHITE MEN that OWN these franchises are still their OWNERS.......

  • tunjie

    This is so silly. They own the franchise that they payed for and pay these cats more than 99% of world makes, stop making everything about race. Haha if I pay a billion dollars or so to own a company you damn well better call me the owner. The difference here bw slavery is that folks don't have to work there.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lawwd dass his real name?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Exactly. Michael Jordan owns an NBA team. Magic Johnson once owned a piece of the Lakers. LeBron James has said he'd love to also be a team OWNER one day...
    That's always been looked at as a good thing... that black people are looking to level up and move into team ownership, and now folks want to put the title of "owner" in a negative light? Political correctness run amok. SMH

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Can we also get rid of “Master Bedroom”?

  • hottlanta

    Still waiting on someone to tell me when did they change black music month to gay pride month in june.

  • leapyearpisces

    Yep, with about 4 to the 5 more. He got about 4 middle names.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Alextra Ballard

    Lol

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... The Gays are trying to RUN THIS BEECH https://media1.giphy.com/media/uzPdj5NDahoI0/giphy.gif

  • tunjie

    haha they going to try and change master of ceremonies next also

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    So now this will be a Common movement cause COMMON said that! Now Common will become common" again! FOH!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Ok this is a reach Lonnie

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Oh how I miss Chappelle's Show

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Well hell all these ghay mufuggas in the Industry these days fugggin for tracks erry body lookin like pimps and h03s!!!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    SAY THAT!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I 'ont want this think either!

  • Kimocha

    "The owners own the franchise. Not the players. You would have to be a complete idiot to not see the difference."
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I totally agree with this statement...

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Burger King!

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    So are they gonna fight for NHL to drop "owners" or is this just an NBA thing? ?

  • Topic Influencer

    The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. Bisexual activist Brenda Howard is known as the "Mother of Pride", for her work in coordinating the first LGBT

    Two presidents of the United States have officially declared a pride month. First, President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month" in 1999 and 2000. Then from 2009 to 2016, each year he was in office, President Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month.[47] Donald Trump became the first Republican president to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month in 2019, but he did so through tweeting rather than an official

  • Applebootay

    Before I even read the article...I said to myself, "They own the franchise not the team". Nothing left to say...

  • Branch Davidian

    On the surface it seems silly but in a league where the labor force is over 80% Black, it makes sense. Owner, Chairman, CEO, Majority Shareholder. All these titles mean the same thing. Just pick one that doesn't imply ownership of people. How hard is that?

  • hottlanta

    I see folks celebrating pride month but nothing about black music month. It has taken a backseat way in the back. Me n friend was saying last week. What happened to black history month n the only thing black radio is interested in now is reality tv which is a nightmare.

  • Janice Collins

    This is so silly. They own the team. I guess we have to apply this to all businesses

  • Applebootay

    Outraged about the outrage is wearing me out...on to the next post...

  • Applebootay

    They not gone hear that tho...

  • TheOwley

    They were owners when the teams were all white. Nothing to do with race. They own your contract and you are 100% free to walk away from it and go live your life in a ranch.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Just the leagues that have black players on them..

  • Liz

    Creating issues where there are none... I’m tired

  • TheOwley

    It dilutes from the real problems we have in this nation.

  • Logan Roberts

    So no more Master P ?

  • Liz

    Absolutely!

  • Mielle Downey

    Black celebrities are such mediocre people. Why re you crying about white men owning a team. The amount of Black players in the NBA , they should have become owners themselves but naw you want to act like a mitch and wine about what the people who pay your salaries are called? The IG slores and cars can wait until you get your ish together. Stop buying women and cars and your mama a knew house and get together and become what you complain about.

  • Bree

    That's because Erykah Badu is a voodoo priest.

  • Bree

    But they are the owner of the business, not the person. Hell, does not Uncle Sam own us, but we pay him?! Help me understand. I want to get an understanding

  • Bree

    I'm still confused. If I own a business and employ others, I still own the business, not the people. People quit jobs every day.

  • Bree

    Exactly!

  • Bree

    This!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    We’re keeping MC!

  • Bree

    Sis. Juanita would die if you took away her title. That's the only Sunday she gets to show off her hat, outfit, and touch the mic. Oh God, please no!

  • Bree

    Yes honey!!!

  • Rahab

    Shareholders and al other stakeholders that employ individuals to perform a job.

  • Dun Dilly

    These new woke ninjas need to go. back to sleep.

  • Bree

    She's a voodoo priest. Some of these women are witches.

  • Li-Wright

    Now let me get this right. Common owns a publishing and a production company and he prefers to be called "Chairman" and not OWNER? Hmm....that shy*T can apply to white owners but not black owners?

  • Li-Wright

    These ballers have a strong union(s) and they can walk out en masse and put the owners in a hurt. That's why they talking like this...."get rid of owner" when the man IS the owner? How dumb.

  • Li-Wright

    Would you ask the same of the McD owners?

  • Branch Davidian

    Usually, McDonalds list their owners as corporations with the individual being listed as the managing partner. Also, McDonalds' work force is not historically over 80% Black. Finally, McDonalds workers are not partners nor do they collectively bargain with ownership as the players/NBPA are/do. But if you want to play the false equivalency game, let me know...

  • Raquel

    Him, T.I. and Nick Cannon I'm just about through with!

  • Raquel

    Right! Wish these fake woke n*ggas would take some goddamn melatonin.

  • TwitterFingerz

    Here’s fake woke yet again.......

  • Raquel

    There's not enough black players to warrant that move.

  • yvette46

    Shut up Common such a undercover coon!!

  • TheOwley

    The players can all walk out and would be in violation of their contract. They can always get new players. They got triggered with the word owner when in fact it's the company, not the employee. The players forget they area Employees and nothing more.

  • rayne215

    if im a billionare that put money in a whole franchise,i OWN it .

  • Alextra Ballard

    Welp this didn’t take long tew figure out!!....Niiii I see why Erykah Badu got rid of his ass ova the dam phone ? he’s exhausting as hell

  • Sweetness

    ...as they sit in the board room secretly laughing to themselves saying with a "devilish grin"...but we still own you?

    I'm sorry yall...I was wrong for that.

    #pettyMondays

  • Dahl

    I’m not commenting on this nonsense. But Beyonce is looking super Auntie-ish in that pic...?

  • Dahl

    I’m not commenting on this nonsense. But Beyonce is looking super Auntie-ish in that pic...?

  • Kimberly King

    They're the owner of the franchise. That's facts. I don't see the big deal. If I own a home that's paid for .... am I the ..... chairman of it ? Lol every time I see Common I have nightmares on his stupid "AI" commercial. I'm damn near shaking right now as I type this.

    Oh and I refuse to believe that Beyonce is in her 30's. She's a fly 40 something year old and she should embrace it.

    They said that white lady next to Baddie Bey is in her 30's! The devil is a lie ! She looks 60.

  • CookieMobster

    Point blank and PERIODT

  • CookieMobster

    I thought the next word after undercover was gonna be gay man.... Swear!

  • CookieMobster
  • CookieMobster

    Shiiid all the McD works round my town are 99.99999999978% black. AND my order is messed up 98.5629475% of the time. IJS https://media2.giphy.com/media/1qWKvJsrmmo6NmY7LJ/giphy.gif

  • Mita

    Common can kick rocks. The owner is the owner. He needs to go find a real cause with he meddling self.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    This is so dumb!

    And, they (SOME White power brokers) going alone with this name-changing to show the world how stupid we really are, and how we’re always crying about something!

    One of the few businesses that we dominate, and get a king’s ransom!

    How can you change the definition of the word “OWNER” or “OWNERSHIP” because you play a sport where the franchise has an owner, shareholders?

    DUMB!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Common is a joke!

    Common and John Legend didn’t feel so PC, when they allowed Beyoncé to sing at the Oscars, “Amazing Grace” VS LEDISI, who sang it in the film!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    It’s weight-gain, and she’s approaching her 40’s! She’s a mom of three, probably eating her butt off, and will starve herself later!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    No, you’re not wrong because that’s exactly what they’re saying!

    They own them and the major financial infrastructure of this country!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    This is really stupid, and shows why most whites think we’re dumb, or why we think negs like him are dumb!

  • datjerk

    Common has become so irritating these last few years

  • Sweetness

    My thoughts are the same as yours. The team IZZZZ the business. And they "own" the business. Players make MILLIONS of dollars to play on a team that is "governed" by an "owner".

    We are all a slave to something. IF we can stop being so sensitive for one minute and really think about it. I won't go there though.?.

  • EMILY POST

    Yes there are people who own teams... Dropping the title ... Means what exactly... Changing words so they won't actually notice white males own sports teams black people play on? lol Hilarious... What does it change?? Those people control their employment changing a name making it less obvious is weird. Does this new title dropping mean that the players own the team now? Do the players make their own contracts now? They are getting laughed at. He claims no one owns anyone but his commentary as of late seems to be owned by the Entertainment industry liberals.

  • EMILY POST

    They have such a problem with white people being owners but the women that a lot of them take as wives they have a legal binding contract with look just like the owners. lol

  • yvette46

    ??

  • Rossdaboss

    I no longer own my car. I govern it
    Lmao
    Shit dumb af