Yahoo posted a story today written by Eric Freeman (Ball Don't Lie) concerning a trade that never came to fruition in 1971 potentially sending Earl "the Pearl" Monroe to the Indiana Pacers. See this link: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/earl-monroe-nixed-move-indiana-pacers-fear-ku-214512650--nba.html
Cutting to the chase, Monroe claims in a recently published biography that he nixed the trade after visiting the ABA Pacers locker room following a game and seeing several players take firearms with them when they departed the stadium. The reason the players allegedly gave Monroe was that the KKK had a massive presence in Indianapolis and in its surrounding communities. "That did it, just took me and that situation to another level. That’s when I knew for certain that Indianapolis wasn’t the place for me," Monroe writes.
Now, I wasn't born until 1973 and you can call me naive but I just don't believe that the KKK had such a stranglehold on Indianapolis in 1971 that this portrayal could be remotely accurate. Please advise below.
Lastly, this seems like an egregiously cheap shot against the Indiana Pacers and its fans during playoff basketball. Are you honestly telling me that from the entire biography of the famous and storied Earl the Pearl, this is the most important thing to bring out and publish? Nice. Real nice.