The NBA has slapped Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala with a $10,000 fine for remarks deemed racially insensitive following Friday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Iguodala was asked if he knew that he, along with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, would be sitting out Saturday night.
“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 coach Steve Kerr and that it was only an inside locker room joke.
Iguodala also dropped the N-word repeatedly during his media address Friday.
“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 ni**as, so I’m going to give y’all a dumb ni**a.”
On Saturday, Kerr said he didn’t take offense to the comments.
“You guys just got Andre’d,” Kerr said to a group of reporters prior to Saturday’s 107-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. “You got Andre’d.”
“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.”
According to ESPN, Iguodala is known for making reporters uncomfortable 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.”