The National Basketball Association champion San Antonia Spurs announced the hiring of Becky Hammon for the position of assistant coach. The statement released by the team praised Ms. Hammon for her star studded , sixteen year career in the WNBA and highlighted her leadership skills, which the statement says, “…will help the team maintain the performance levels that led it to a championship”. A number of sports writers questioned this hiring but avoided saying that there was any part of the decision related to her sex and an attempt by NBA to head-off possible gender discrimination issues in management hirings during this critical time for the NBA following the Los Angeles Clippers debacle and the problems that situation has caused for the league.
In a related story, in what was seen as a surprising development also questioned by a number of national sports writers, Mark Hanford, VP of Operations of the National Football League Oakland Raiders announced the hiring of Ralph “Cinderella” Jansen as the team’s Assistant Director of Player Development.
Mr. Hanford said, “Ralph brings a new insight to the position and we look forward to having him help the team move in the right direction or something” before denying that the Raiders had tagged Mr. Jansen simply because his sexual orientation may make it easier for the Raiders and the NFL to fend off employment discrimination cases.”
“Ralph brings a wealth of football knowledge to our organization, said Mr. Hanford, and we are excited about tapping into the experience and knowledge of a person who helped lead the Sunnyside Middle School Tigers football team to an undefeated season and North Suburban League championship in 1994.
“I must admit, though, continued Mark Hanford, that it didn’t hurt Cinderella’s presentation when he showed up for his job interview wearing a Ralph Lauren creation in Raider’s silver and black.
“She looked fabulous, just fabulous——Go Raiders”.