A Golden State Warriors player, Andre Iguodala, went on camera last night after a game and repeated a serious of ridiculous comments, using the N word and calling coach Steve Kerr “master”.
Iguodala, appearing irate after a game they lost, said “We gotta score more than the other team. Yep, they want dumb n*****s, so I’m going to give y’all a dumb n*****. ‘What would dumb n*****s say?’ Just play harder. Figure it out. Change gonna come. You know what we used to say. Change gonna come.”
He also dug at Kerr, his coach who sat him halfway through the game, saying “I do what master say.” Kerr said he wasn’t offended at Iguodala’s words, saying that this type of behavior is normal for the basketball star.
ESPN has more:
Golden State Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala made some racially insensitive remarks after Friday night’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and many took them as being directed toward coach Steve Kerr.
“Nope, no clue,” Iguodala replied. “I do what master say.”
He later clarified his remark to ESPN, saying it was in no way a shot directed at Kerr and that it was only an inside locker room joke.
“Andre is one of those guys who likes to stir the pot and has a lot of cryptic messaging at times,” Kerr said. “[He] jokes around. I didn’t take anything from it. It’s just Andre being Andre.”
Iguodala is known for making reporters feel uneasy with his racially insensitive candor. This just happened to be one of the first times he allowed a camera to film his act.
“Sure,” Kerr said, when asked if he has heard Iguodala talk like that before. “Like I said, Andre is extremely intelligent. He sees a lot of the hypocrisy in the world. He expresses his displeasure in strange ways at times. So he said what he said. I don’t think it meant a whole lot. I guess he has to answer that question, what he meant by that. I wasn’t offended by anything he said personally, but he chose some words that were questionable and he’s got to respond to that.”
Iguodala also used the N-word repeatedly during his media address Friday. Fatigued by the condensed road schedule of the past two weeks, irked by the four losses in past six games, dealing with Kevin Durant‘s injury and the team’s beef with the officiating Friday spilled over into postgame frustration.
“We gotta score more than the other team,” Iguodala told reporters, after being asked what led to their second consecutive loss. “Yep, they want dumb n—as, so I’m going to give y’all a dumb n—a.”
ESPN spoke to Iguodala briefly on Saturday, and he said he has no plans to address the media and doesn’t feel clarity on his comments is necessary.