MJ4Life, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, even though Bob himself said that he didnt name the team after himself, even though anyone with a shred of business knowledge knows financial decisions like these go thru many channels and arent made on a whim, certain people are still gonna believe what they want to believe. By definition that is called IGNORANCE.
I have no doubt in my mind that if Bob were a white business owner, people would take him at face value at what he said that he didnt name the team after himself. And if he were a white business owner it wouldnt bother them one bit if he did like a JB Duke or Bruton Smith any of the other local businesses that we've patronized all of our lives named after superwealthy white man. There wouldnt be the "investment" and "going behind" on business decisions, people would respect the decisions of said white business owner as being final. Instead posters insist he's a liar and bitch about business decisions made 7 years ago. The importance of portraying Bob as the "egomaniac black billionaire" is for people to justify their blind hatred towards him. All of this hate & ignorance was taught by the Charlotte Observer, any we all now see that. Any and everyone who's complained about this issue, patronizes their product. Thats not a coincidence.
Saying Bob named the team after himself is no different than saying Obama is a muslim or he's not American. Or saying blacks arent smart enough to play QB or point guard. It doesnt matter if isnt true, its the perception thats important. :thumbsup: The ends justifies the means to some folks. And we're suppposed to cater to these people? :frown2:
Like I mentioned in my last post, Bob himself wasn't the reason for my wanting a name change.
And when I said I didn't remember the name "Bobcats" ever being in the running when the franchise was starting up, I meant in the articles and stories I read during that time. I know mj4life said the ESPN article on this thread actually mentioned "Bobcats," so I could be wrong there... I didn't see it, but can't say I read all the way through it - in part b/c the observer had posted it in their change the name agenda. I still think the name "Bobcats" had some tie to Bob Johnson... Even if it was a fan suggestion, as I said, it was his team, and it would have to go through many channels before approval, but I don't really know who would really say no. In fact, I think most would say at the time they thought it was a cool coincidence, so nobody really cared either way.
Also, I believe you about BJ saying himself he didn't name the team after himself, but I haven't read or seen anywhere. Admittedly, I didn't have many media sources to look to for non-biased Bobcats coverage so I was in the dark on that one. I would like to read it.
I feel I'm very different in regards to the people who have asked for a name change - my reasons are not nearly the same. Like I mentioned before, I've read people saying that won't EVER support the team b/c of the name blah blah blah... And you know I've already supported our team.
I can't say for sure though that the observer's articles from when we first got the Cats hasn't jaded me a bit, b/c as I said, I WAS gullible reading it not thinking they would ever have their own agenda against our hometown team.
I would take BJ at face value for whatever he said regarding the name, sadly, I have never heard or seen it - but I haven't looked. But, in regards to the name change I do believe race and bias are the main reasons behind a great deal of those asking for a change, but anyone that knows me knows it's not mine lol. But again, even though it shouldn't be about race, it is.
But, I must point out again, it ultimately doesn't matter to me what our name is, I love this team.