The Controversial Normalization of Snitch Culture Will Keep NBA Players Safe

Snitch culture — which was officially normalized by superstar rapper and government informant Tekashi 69, whose testimony helped authorities imprison high ranking members of the Nine Trey  Gangsta Bloods gang — has infiltrated the brotherhood of the NBA during this unprecedented COVID-19 shortened season. 

What began with Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert mocking and then contracting COVID has morphed into paranoia with multiple tips being placed into the NBA’s anonymous hotline to report protocol violations. The NBA has some strict protocols in place in order to keep all of the players COVID-free and able to complete the season. 

It has been reported that veteran Chris Paul is behind the hotline.

While most players will gladly follow the rules, some have already been caught violating simple instructions. There have been reports of several players “inadvertently” breaking protocol, which puts other players in danger.

Some players have received warnings after violations, but that’s not good enough. Apologies won’t fix anything if somebody contracts COVID and brings it into the bubble. It could be disastrous on so many levels. So simply put, players are ratting out players who don’t follow protocol.

As COVID rates soar in Florida, there’s just no room for loyalty to stubbornness, ignorance, or error. 

It’s not all about spreading the virus either. Players have to sleep around guys, they wouldn’t be caught within 100 miles of off the court. There will naturally be a conflict of sleeping and living and training habits within the bubble.

Ask Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler, a workaholic who was dribbling in his room and had security called on him at his Disney World hotel for causing a disturbance, according to a report from Yahoo’s Chris Haynes.

Tekashi 69’s snitching was justified by his fans because he was in a situation where the guys who were supposed to be his crew and brothers were extorting him, one was having sexual relations with his baby’s mother and others threatening to harm his family.

His circumstances were so dire that snitching and locking up his gang brothers, they argued, was the only way to remain safe and continue to make music in peace. 

Same situation here with the NBA players. COVID-19 has been sweeping the globe, people have died and if the players contract it, at the very least they will be out a week quarantining, which means missed games. The season is too short for any contending team to afford to lose one of its superstars for an extended period of time. 

In this case, maybe snitching is the best route. These players have to have enough discipline to just chill for a few months, get their chicken, and get ready for the 2021 season which starts a few months later.

Get in and get out. Or get snitched on.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.