Why make it a black or white issue?

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

The mere suggestion that racism was involved in the selection of Steve Nash as NBA MVP is irresponsible and preposterous.

Nash was picked as the MVP because he was the most influential player on the league's most improved team, because he is an unselfish leader and because he is one of the game's most effective point guards.

It has nothing to do with the colour of his skin or Shaquille O'Neal's.

Both players had great seasons, both deserved to win and only one could. Nash won a democratic vote and Shaq was gracious in defeat.

Then some columnist has to come along and put a damper on what was one of the greatest Canadian sports achievements of all time by making it a race issue.

That people even have to make note of the fact the two players are of different skin colours is a sad statement about North American society.

You'd really like to think we were past that.

I know, I know, it is about colour. As in, what colour is the sky in my world?

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