Yikes! Things seem a bit rocky for the Detroit Pistons, a professional basketball team competing in the NBA, after they joined forces with country rocker Kid Rock for their television ad and campaign on their relocation to downtown Detroit. The National Action Network (NAN), a non-proft civil rights organization, is fuming about the decision, proclaiming that Detroit is filled predominantly with African Americans and choosing representation from a confederate flag waving entertainer is not in their game plan if they have any say!
According to Fox 2, Sam Riddle spoke on the behalf of the organization as he explained, “[The team is] moving to Detroit, America’s blackest city. You can’t have a man being a frontman like Kid Rock with his history of the Confederate flag waving,” feeling that Rock’s past “history” should disqualify him from this opportunity.
“If you’re going to have an entertainer, have an entertainer who doesn’t have a history of waving the Confederate Flag,” he continued. “Reflect the real Detroit, where 85 percent of the population is black.”
Riddle suggested that the team look into working with more appropriate choices, such as Trick Trick, Big Sean or Anita Baker.
The rockstar, a Detroit native, has had previous backlash with endorsements and disagreeing individuals in light of his political views. However, according to Fox 2, “The Confederate Flag was not displayed during that tour, and a source close with the musician told us he hasn’t used the flag in his set in nearly five years.”
It has been reported that NAN has demanded a meeting with Pistons executives to discuss their concerns and complaints.
What do y’all think about the situation? Should Rock be asked to no longer team up with the Pistons?
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