Ex-Bobcats Owner Criticizes NC City's Attitude

The Charlotte Observer reported that the founder of Black Entertainment Television made his comments Saturday.

Michael Jordan, front, sits with Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson while watching a game. Jordan struck a deal to buy a controlling interest in the Bobcats, making the NBA's greatest player the owner of the money-losing team in his home state.

Former Charlotte Bobcats owner and billionaire Bob Johnson says the Carolinas' largest city has an arrogant business community that doesn't do enough for black-owned businesses.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the founder of Black Entertainment Television made his comments Saturday to a mostly black audience of business people at the Urban Leadership Institute.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said the city's attitude toward minority-owned businesses is improving.

Johnson had previously criticized Charlotte's business community for not providing enough support for the NBA expansion team he brought to the city.

Former NBA star Michael Jordan won approval last week from other team owners for his $275 million purchase of the club from Johnson.

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  • by Not a Black Thing Location: Don't Matter on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    It is not about race, you sensitive, spoiled rotten, wussy. I bet all small businesses faced the same issues as black owned businesses. Life is tough, deal with it. Quit blaming your problems on skin color. You are just as equal as whites, mexicans, chinese, etc...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    Pro basketball in Charlotte has proven extremely successful in the past. Remember that the Hornets were once second only to the Chicago Bulls in attendance and merchandising. As for Johnson, its not a black thing because George Shinn complained too. You're either in with the "in" crowd or an outsider. Jordan will have more community support because he's homegrown and an overwhelming success in the business, despite what kind of lifestyle he lives. The key to a successful professional sports team is a good relationship between the owner and city/business officials. Jordan will bring that.
  • by Blake Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 22, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    Location has more to do with the problem than the color of the owner. There's a reason why our capital was moved to Raleigh-- so that people from all over the state could easily get to it. If both the NBA and NFL teams were located around Greensboro/Raleigh, they would be a short drive from almost all the major metros. Sure Charlotte is the largest city, but it also assures that hardly anyone east of 95 will go to the games on a regular basis. Just look at how well the Hurricanes are doing in a sport that not many people in the state even follow.
  • by Jordan on Mar 22, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    Jordan is arogant and overall a real classless act. You obviously did not spend too much time with him. He used to love coming to Greenville to pick up all kinds of drunk Co-eds (all while married).
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    Anonymous, if you think that Charlotte is arrogant, it does not even compare to Raleigh, Richmond, or DC. Charlotte does not have those issues like these capitols have.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    Who cares? The last time the NBA was relevant was when Michael Jordan was playing in it. Jordan would have been kind if he just turned the lights out on the NBA after he left it. Charlotte is an arrogant city, but it has nothing to do with race. They are just arrogant...period.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    I am so sick and tired of hearing two words out of these bigots- respect and legacy. Johnson is nothing more than a...well, WITN will not not me post the word I am thinking and the PC Gestapo goes ape every time a white person says it.
  • by blah blah on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    According to some....there is lack of respect and support for black ( everything )
  • by Tyre Location: Williamston on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    I lived there as well, and that was my experience. There is a lack of respect and support for black owned buisinesses
  • by amazed on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    Good grief ! How did we know this article was going to end up there? Somebody call the NAACP...or Jesse Jackson. LOL Ridiculous
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