I think I might have been onto something with this post on the blog from December of 2006. Recent and not so recent press reports suggests that there really is a connection between professional basketball and left-wing reformism:
"Nash . . . disconcerted media outlets in the US by speaking out against the war in Iraq and by reading the Communist Manifesto and Alexander Solzhenitsyn . . . "
An athlete reading The Communist Manifesto? Joey Barton was unavailable for comment.