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Premier League conduct verbally attacked by ex-NBA star

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Outspoken former basketball star John Amaechi has labelled the Premier League 'dinosaurs', in the wake of their reaction to the Richard Scudamore sexism row.

The American-born, British-raised Amaechi has long-since campaigned against inequality in football's Premier League, and has condemned the repercussions against the league's chief executive.

He said: "The Premier League and football has been out of touch for a long time. I don't call them dinosaurs by accident - they are removed from contemporary society.

Amaechi also drew unfavourable differences between how his own former league - the NBA - had dealt with the Donald Sterling race row, compared to the far more lax reaction of the Premier League to Scudamore's controversial e-mails.

He said: "I applauded the NBA's decision on Sterling but was then immediately saddened when I compared their stance with the relative inaction on such issues in other sports like football."

And Amaechi has claimed the lack of consistency over such sanctions from governing bodies shows the differences between the NBA and Premier League are 'radical'.

The derogatory and vulgar language towards women on display is undoubtedly unacceptable for any workplace, not least for a multi-millionaire who claims to be a figure that promotes inclusivity within football. The issue may have stirred up even more of a hornet's nest, as some in the game believe had they been racially charged comments, decisive action would have been taken by now.

As it is, no action has been taken against Scudamore. He has effectively gotten away with it relatively untroubled.

Is it a case of sexism being seen in lower priority to other forms of discrimination, or are the league simply deliberating over what is the best course of action to take? Only time will tell.

The Premier League panel has scheduled a meeting to decide any potential sanctions Scudamore may face, but you could be forgiven for wondering what took them so long.

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