Prison Reform Activists Call for Ouster of Detroit Pistons Owner

advocacy group is calling on the NBA to force out Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores unless he divests in a prison telecom company.
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An advocacy group is calling on the NBA to force out Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores unless he divests in a prison telecom company.

New York nonprofit Worth Rises first made the request in a letter to the NBA dated Dec. 10, citing “his active participation in the prison industry and deliberate exploitation of Black, Brown and economically distressed communities.”

It took its message to a larger audience on Sunday with a full-page ad in the New York Times.

“If Black Lives Matter, what are you doing about Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores?” the ad read in bold letters at the bottom. It listed the 29 other team owners and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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