ESPN reported that Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors sixth man, was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Friday night. Iguodala allegedly made some racially insensitive remarks after the loss to the Minnesota Timber Wolves. Iguodala stated that he didn’t have any comments on the NBA’s fine.
When informed that he would be sitting out of a game on Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs, along with team mates, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, he said, “I do what master say.” This was in reference to his white coach, Steve Kerr, but was not meant to be racial in any way. It was apparently an ongoing locker room joke and Iguodala has a very good relationship with the coach. He regrets that the comment is being taken out of context.
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Iguodola’s remark seems to have very little racial intent behind it. In fact the player later explained that it was a locker room joke.
“I feel like it’s the wrong time because it puts my team in that situation and coaching staff in that situation,” he said. “I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr, and he knows that. Steve spoke to you guys about it, you know what I mean. Steve in his words, someone still may not believe him, but he and I are in a great place. We don’t even have to speak about it because he knew that in no way, shape or form that I’m talking about him.”
Interestingly, Iguodola is far from the first Black professional athlete to be punished for words that supposedly were racially offensive. That honor may belong to Black Lives Matter hero Colin Kaepernick, who ironically was penalized in 2014 for calling an opposing Black player the N-word.