I prefer to think it’s a bunch of gamblers who were stupid and bet the house, then a bunch of moron basketball fans sending death threats. At least you could sorta understand why an idiot gambler who’s about to lose everything would say that.
It’s really leather. Not just any leather either, the Spalding balls are all made with leather from Horween, America’s best tannery. They’re out of Chicago and make some pretty legendary stuff (Dublin, Chromexcel, and Shell Cordovan are some of the finest full-grain leathers in the world.