Pistons' protest is a problem for players

Updated: February 27, 2011, 12:00 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPN.com

As the reports of player mutiny in Detroit began circulating throughout the NBA community on Friday, detailing disdain, disrespect and total disregard for a head coach -- and ultimately for a Pistons organization once considered the gold standard -- a palpable level of disappointment should have permeated throughout professional sports. And especially throughout the African-American community.

It's never good for their image when athletes, considered laborers in the eyes of the viewing ...

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