Speaking at the Biden Courage Awards about his Final Four bracket, former Vice President Joe Biden harshly criticized “white man’s culture,” saying basketball was “invented by a bunch of white guys” and should be abolished.
“To be honest, I don’t know why any person of color plays basketball anymore,” Biden said before launching into an assessment of the sport — laden with “gosh darns” and “gee willikers” — whose ball was “invented by a white guy who’s not even in the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
Even worse, said Biden, “B-Ball was invented by a white Canadian guy. The sport should be abolished.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi excused Biden’s rant. “What else can we expect from the Vice President when Syracuse only made it to the round of 64 this year?” she asked.
Whoopi Goldberg was less politic in her defense.
“Joe Biden is right. It’s not ‘basketball basketball’ when the white guy who invented the game served as a Christian military chaplain on the Mexican border,” Goldberg said. “These days we tear down statues of dead white men like that.”
The fact-checking website Snopes fact-checked the Vice President, calling his comments “True.”
“James Naismith was a white male Canadian guy who invented the game at age 30 in 1891 and wrote the original rule book,” wrote Snopes. “The first basketball game ever played was done so with a soccer ball, and it took another white male guy named A.G. Spalding to invent the first basketball used in an official game. Spalding is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
After his comments at the Biden Courage Awards, the Vice President said he would definitely be in attendance at the NCAA championship game on April 8 no matter who’s playing.
“I may be a white boy, but I can jump,” said Biden.