TheSportingNews- The NBA has fined Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala $10,000 for "inappropriate comments" after Golden State's loss to the Timberwolves Friday night.
Iguodala told reporters Friday he was unaware that coach Steve Kerr planned to sit him and three other Warriors stars Saturday night against the Spurs, saying, "Nope, no clue. I do what master say."
He also used the N word twice in response to two other questions. He later told ESPN he did not mean any disrespect to Kerr and his comment was an inside locker room joke.
Kerr told reporters he knew Iguodala was just being his usually edgy self with reporters, telling them, "You guys just got Andre'd. You got Andre'd."
Iguodala clarified his comments Monday....
Ha! Classic slavery joke! Can't believe people took it the wrong way when a professional athlete that is paid millions of dollars to play a sport implied that he's under a thumb as iron as the one that systematically kept his forefathers from freedom. Jeez everybody, is having a sense of humor too much to ask?
The funny thing is that I'm only half kidding in the previous paragraph. It was an absolutely ludicrous thing for Andre Iguodala to say and - regardless of it's intent - it can easily be viewed as trivializing the plight of people that were literally property. That said, I'm somewhat of a black apologist in the sense that I find it hilarious when African Americans say things that make rich white people more uncomfortable than the underlying symbolism in 'GET OUT'. It was undoubtedly inappropriate and probably worthy of the fine that is received, but - at the end of the day - I wouldn't criticize Iggy for saying it. Although, that's probably because I selfishly would have loved to see the look on the present media's face when he did.
What I will criticize Andre Iguodala for is acting like we are all on the outside looking in on a joke that isn't all that difficult to interpret. You can compromise my morals for a laugh, but don't insult my intelligence by acting like I don't understand what I am laughing at. Especially with some dumbass rationalization that the Golden State Warriors have a microscope on them because they are somehow offensive instead of just really, really fucking good. You want to be a well compensated public figure that's going use the enslavement of others as the premise for a comical retort then be my guest, but I would suggest owning it instead of attempting to explain it when it predictably comes around to bite you in the ass.