Couple interesting postgame Andre Iguodala quotes tonight pic.twitter.com/4F44eZnVtM
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 11, 2017
The NBA hit Golden State Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala with a $10,000 fine Monday, March 13, for racial comments he made after Friday night’s game, but some white fans don’t think that’s enough.
After the Warriors suffered their second loss in a row while playing the Minnesota Timberwolves, March 10, reporters asked Iguodala if he knew he and Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would sit out Saturday’s San Antonio Spurs game.
“Nope, no clue,” Iguodala said. “I do what master say.”
He also repeatedly used the n-word while addressing the press.”
“What would dumb n—– say? ‘Just play harder. Figure it out. Change gonna come.'” he said when asked about the team’s issues. “You know what we used to say — change gonna come.”
Iguodala clarified the slavemaster reference later on, assuring ESPN he wasn’t taking aim at coach Steve Kerr and that his comment was an inside joke meant for the locker room.
“Andre is one of those guys who likes to stir the pot and has a lot of cryptic messaging at times,” Kerr said of Iguodala Saturday, March 11. “[He] jokes around. I didn’t take anything from it. It’s just Andre being Andre.”
Ahead of the Monday, March 13, fine announcement, Iguodala expressed regret over the remark.
“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, 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.”
Iguodala’s remorse and $10,000 payout for “inappropriate comments” didn’t put some of the Warriors’ white fans at ease, though, as they thought more should be done.
Many called out the supposed reverse racism of a Black NBA star being fined less than a white coach for referencing enslavement.