The only regard the union has it to protect its members from any future leverage the owners would have and would absolutely take advantage of in the future. This is all about the game of leverage and nothing to do with the underlying social issue.
I tend to think people have an independent obligation (as humans, not legal) not to propagate, endorse, or support hate speech. I also would hope that to the extent the players and the union think it’s better business for them to deny antisemitism rather than confront it (or at least avoid denial) that people who do not want to be associated with express or tacit support and endorsement of hate speech would prove them wrong. I’m probably wrong in that hope, but as I indicated earlier, this is important enough that I’m not going to just keep watching games and supporting the Celtics while their team is comprised of players who publicly state that they believe promoting Holocaust denial, among other things, is not antisemitic and is the sort of thing a person can just accidentally do as an “honest mistake.”
I’m frankly somewhat surprised at the resistance here on this. I definitely understand why others will choose not to follow my path. It’s going to really suck not being able to watch and root for this team, and I’m pretty miserable about feeling like I cannot. But there are lines I cannot cross, and supporting or aligning myself with those who think it’s ok, or at least not a big deal, to express hatred toward me and my family is very much one of those lines.
This is probably my last post on this here. I’m sure the rest of you want to move on, and I’m not going to stand in the way of that. I’ll still be following this thread for at least a little bit, and I am also happy to engage on this further via DMs if anyone wants to.