It’s already been established that Clay Bennett isn’t that sympathetic of a character, having moved Seattle’s beloved Supersonics to Oklahoma City amid legal threats, local protestations, and less-than-unanimous owner support. But “heartless businessman” can probably describe more NBA owners than not, so is it time to cut Bennett some slack and let him enjoy the OKC?
Of course, by “enjoy,” we mean “take shots at cheerleaders who aren’t white.” Same thing, really. That above conversation was taken by BEND IT LIKE BENNETT, a Thunder-themed blog, from the Facebook page of Graham Bennett (Terrorist fist jab: THE SPORTING BLOG). Graham, as you’ve probably already guessed, is Clay Bennett’s son, and apparently just a real big fan of his old man and his riffs on race (let’s call it Claycism).
Oh, and just in case you were curious, yes, it gets worse. As Ziller notes at TSB, this might not just be about race; why not social status, too?
For what it’s worth, Crooked Oak is a public school in the poorer OKC city center. Graham apparently attends Casady, a $15,000-per-year private school located in a swanky part of town known delightfully as The Village. Just so you know.
Now, how we know the “Dad” in the aforementioned conversation is Clay? Well, technically we don’t know, since we don’t have a signed affadavit from Graham saying “yep, my dad sure is a racist!” But Graham does go out of his way earlier in the profile to make it absurdly, comically clear that when he says “Dad,” he means Clay Bennett:
Dad, Daddio: A Unique Great, A Special Great. People Who Say “Dad” and arent Dads will never be one. Its just not right. - “The Dad” Clay Bennett
Is English Graham’s first language? We would have added [sic] where appropriate, but doing it as often as necessary just seemed cruel.
Now, in fairness to young Graham, he is only 16; it’s entirely possible that he doesn’t yet know that this is the sort of conversation you just don’t publicize (especially if, ahem, nobody at home is bothering to teach him about that sort of respect). Perhaps this is that lesson, the teaching opportunity. And perhaps this is also a way for him to learn that people get all bent out of shape over race because they’re stupid and they’re not letting him be him. Again, probably something to be learned at home.
And that doesn’t exactly bode well.