Andre Iguodala puts the “N” word back into the NBA. All in “Fun” or something else?

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March 12, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013

 

N word Iggy

Master say play I play.

The Golden State Warriors have not been so golden recently. Losers of 3 straight games and in danger of losing the #1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs perhaps their collective grouchiness as a team can be understood. Even forgiven.

Their emotional though volatile leader Draymond Green just picked up his 12th technical foul and responded by giving the referees an “earful” and claiming he gets called for “phantom technical” because he “don’t play their game.”

Their new superstar teammate via an off-season blockbuster trade, Kevin Durant, just went down for an indefinite period of time with a freak on-court injury.

So, predictably, the inevitable championship run had begun to slow to a crawl. Tempers flare. Even the trivial gets the full-scale press treatment.

But even in this grouchy, combustible context, the very recent post-game comments by one of their veteran players, Andre Iguodala, an African-American athlete, seems inexplicable even indefensible.

Asked to comment about Coach Steve Kerr’s decision to rest the team’s top 3 players for yesterday’s pivotal game against rival San Antonio Spurs, Iguodala first seemed taken aback, saying “What, we’re resting guys?” Then when asked how he felt about the move he went full slavery mode responding, “Do what Master say…do what Master say.” Then for good measure he added that he was just a “dumb n****r and that was it, that they were all just “dumb n*****s.

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We’ve all beem Andre’d! It’s a slavery hoot.

The so-called “Master,” Coach Kerr, who is a white former NBA player and analyst informed the media that they “had all been ‘Andre’d” and that he was “a real smart guy and was just stirring things up.”

For a supposed smart guy Mr. Iguodala sure has a provocative and arguably racially offensive way of showing it. “Master” has been an historically slang term for a slave owner or the one in charge of keeping slaves in line and producing for the slave or plantation owner.

On a pre-game show last night there was mixed reactions from the pundits and host at ABC which was televising a much ballyhooed match (Golden State v San Antonio) that turned out to be a dud of a game played largely between 2nd and 3d string players for both teams. The pundits seemed a bit grouchy as well. Michael Wilbon brushed off the slave imagery talk from Iguodala saying it was “nothing” and that players today don’t mean anything by using the “N” word. It’s just a thing players use between each other.

Fellow commentator and former player Jalen Rose largely agreed though did qualify his position by asserting that he (Rose) has chosen not to use the “N” word nor any “curse words” because of the “harm” they bring. Sage Steele, an African-American woman host on the pre-game panel took a harsher view of Iguodala’s remarks saying that there is “no excuse for uttering such words” and disputing Mr. Wilbon’s position that “Master” did not necessarily invoke slavery and its horror.

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Sometime I say questionable things when I’m not with Tony Kornheiser.

The disparate responses of these three African-American television personalities actually seems to represent how American society writ-large seems to feel and react to the use of the “N” word. In short, a range of reactions.

Try to get through even the first 2 or 3 verses of any rap song playing on your I-phone these days without hearing the “N” word or any of its many street slang derivatives. Apparently, when you spell it “Niggaz” as some rap groups do it becomes cool and bereft of any slavery imagery or horror.

African-American males frequently call each other the “N” word, again, apparently out of affection and some sort of Bro-hood. And this is not confined to just African-Americans to whom one would assume the “N” word would have an especially horrific meaning. Somehow, a vicious and demeaning word that was historically used by slave masters and racists everywhere has been transformed at least to some as a cool, neutral term between “brothers of any and all colors.”

N word Jalen rose

I won’t say it (the N word) but I guess it’s okay if others do.

This seeming embracing of what was once at least a despicable word was astutely chronicled in the 2002 book on this controversial word by Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School.

Still.

The modern English Language has over 250,000 distinct words from which to choose when expressing one’s self. That’s a tremendous reservoir of words to dip into during conversations.

Yet, Mr. Iguodala of his own free will chose the words he did, and if he is a “smart guy” as he is touted then he knew the meanings usually ascribed to those words. And it seems like he or his coach, maybe both, want to have it both ways. He chooses words he knows will be controversial, even offensive yet the team’s spin on his remarks seeks to empty the words of any historical or contemporary meaning. He was just being “Andre.” Yet, let’s suppose for a moment a white reporter called Coach Kerr the “master” of a bunch of “dumb n*****s. Would the team response be simply to shrug their collective shoulders and insist the reporter was just “funning” everyone?

But should any of us care anymore about the utterance of the “N’ word in any context? Can such a word really be a term of coolness and affection within one group become something else, something offensive and demeaning when uttered by someone form another race or group?

As Professor Kennedy claims in his book on the “N” word, when people simply embrace the word it robs would-be bullies of its inherent power. Fair enough. But when a member of the group historically victimized by this word uses it supposedly for “fun” or to “play” such meanings and feelings he (in this case Iguodala) knows people hold doesn’t that become a very indefensible double-standard?

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Maybe what we need is a history lesson? Or at least watch Netflix “The Underground.”

I’ve watched the video and listened to the audio of Mr. Iguodala’s post-game comments. And he must also be quite an actor in addition to being a smart guy because he sure looked intense, defiant and never once gave off any vibe of a wink and a nod to the reporters recording him.

Regardless.

The very mixed and rather muted response of many to his choice of words may just mean we’ve come a long way from the days when such language would universally be seen as degrading, offensive and inflammatory. Or have we?

One thing is for certain. The reality of a multi-millionaire African-American athlete likening his Caucasian coach to a slave master because he chose to rest 3 other multi-millionaire African-American/mixed race athletes would be laughable if it wasn’t so offensive.’

At least to some of us.

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36 thoughts on “Andre Iguodala puts the “N” word back into the NBA. All in “Fun” or something else?

  1. James D. L. says:

    Too many blacks want it both ways. They yell racist when whites use the “N” word but want to use it for each other as some bro word. That’s BS. And Iguodala was wrong, he knew what he was saying.

    • India Wilcox says:

      Actually the only thing I believe blacks want is to be treated fairly…..just ask a black person one day.

  2. Valerie I. L. says:

    Wilbon and Rose are being cowards, they should know better. If they said that they’d both be fired. Bravo to Sage, she knows best here.

  3. Thomas R. says:

    Any professional athlete no matter their race, uttering anything to indicate that they are a slave is ridiculous. The thought that being payed millions of dollars to participate in a voluntarily work environment is slavery is disingenuous and demeaning to those who actually suffer/suffered under slavery. No matter the job, the boss will make decisions as to who does what task, and when then want them do do the task. Mr. Iguogala feels that this services in the NBA are a form of slavery then he is free to resign his position and leave the league and the money behind.

    The use of the racially charged language is unnecessary, and should be dealt with by the NBA if the Golden State Warriors do nothing. Coach Kerr or the owner of the team should show Mr. Iguogala that yes he plays when the Boss (coach/owner) says that he does, by sitting him on the bench for a week and fining him the pay that he would have earned during that time.

    I know many of us would love to have a “Master” that payed us $11,131,368 for our labors over the course of a year. Yes the self reflected slave is making over 11 million dollars this year alone. Ridiculous is all I can say.

    • Valerie I. L. says:

      I agree with your comments 110%! Ridiculous is right. What a joke. He owes every kid who loves the NBA and wears his or anyone else’s jersey a big, fat apology.

    • Lexis Lloyd says:

      I agree that this was definitely uncalled for. These players should be role models. It is a shame that they don’t carry themselves in a more positive manner. I am not a fan of the foul language. There is a time and a place…

  4. Trey L says:

    I don’t see a a double standard, As a proud black brother I can say it but yeah, no white better say it to me. That’s just a fact. And Iggy can say it, he shouldn’t have to follow the white man’s definition of what’s cool or not.

    • Thomas R. says:

      Trey,

      Do you not see the racism in your statement that a behavior/action/statement is okay for one race but not another? Behavioral restrictions or privileges based on an individuals race is racist. If an action is viewed as offensive/racist depending on the source/viewer then in reality it is offensive no matter the source. Its not about the “white mans definition of what’s cool or not” its the fact that this behavior propagates derision and hatred. No one should be using the word especially in a derogatory manner against your employer.

      • Trey L says:

        Thomas, you seem like a thoughtful dude but the word was used against us Blacks by Whites so whites now can’t dictate how we use it.

      • Mathew Lowery says:

        Why the double standard? Simple…culture and context.

        I am a quarter Japanese and would prefer to not hear the term “Jap”, “gook” or any other derogatory term used for Asian people, and believe me as white guy who looks more Italian than Asian, they are used in front of me more than I would like.

        Why cant you do that? Because these words were not developed as a positive and accepting term of reference, actually quite the opposite, and if you do not share my culture or understand it than you cant use derogatory terms about it, because then your comment lacks that shared culture and understanding which simply reduces it to a racial remark that carries no substance. Would I be offended if another Japanese guy called me a “gook”? No, because I know that he shares the culture and there is no bias on his part. Do I think there are much better terms to use than “gook” and the “N” word, no matter if they are shared in the same culture? Absolutely, there are so many other words to choose from that don’t have the negative history tied to them. But lets not kid ourselves, to say that these words should never be used shows that one does not understand the “culture and context”. Should we not say curse words? No, but we do. Culture and context may not be a black and white (no pun intended) enough reason but the interpretation and use of the “N”word is different for many. Its a versatile word.

  5. India Wilcox says:

    I feel this is a hard topic to discuss. My reason for this is that white Americans does not understand the strong, but subtle nuances of racism that black Americans, and even other minority races, but especially the black race have to go through on a day to day bases. I feel when people speak of racism, they think that it has a certain look or form, that if you can’t see it with the natural eye, that it does not exist. Racism can come in so many different forms, that to a person who does not feel it, can not conceive of its presence or think that it exists. I do get how white Americans are baffled at these “outburst” of blacks in the media concerning racism because they do not feel the daily affects of racism. It is hard to understand something when you do not experience the effects of it. So in my opinion, I get where this ball player was coming from. This does not mean I agree with him, I just understand his statement. To black Americans, sometimes. our “American dream” can feel slave driven or that we have to work harden for our “dream.”

    • Sabrina H says:

      fair enough, I guess, but what the heck does all this subtle black dreaming nd nuances have to do with the fact, the fact, that a Black multi-millionaire athlete by his own choice went off on reporters and played a race and slave “card” when the fact was his white coach wanted to rest him and other players and the player called himself a “dumb N****R. And calle dhis coach “Massa.” Really? As far as understanding well, neither he nor you I am guessing were ever slaves. This is just a load, how many hundreds of years have to pass until Blacks don’t use this as an excuse for their own boorish behavior?

      • India Wilcox says:

        Your feelings included in this reply explains the “subtle nuances” of racist thoughts in not only your mind, but imagine lots of minds of white Americans who feel the same and thinks that racism “was hundreds of years ago”, No- it still exists, just in a different form 🙂 To better explain, you do have to have a plantation, whip, or even own a slave to be considered a “Massa”, its systematic so we are all driven by the “Massa” if you think about. At the end of the day, its not about skin color or race, its about money, and who ever controls the flow of money is the “Massa”. When southern Americans can get out of this “Jim Crow” mindset and realize this, I feel we can change this hatred and division among each other. This is what I hope can happen. Peace.Love.Happeness.

  6. Toyia Barnes says:

    The “N” word should never be used. We need to find other ways of having fun rather than using demeaning words such as these.

    • Dale T says:

      I agree Toyia, but here Mr. Iguodala called himself the N word so he should be the one being preached to. And India W., enough, Iguodala is a multi-millionaire and he and you know he chose to use slave mentality and imagery and that is ridiculous, please stop trying to defend his load of garbage.

      • Toyia Barnes says:

        Hmmm!!! I am not defending anyone. I abhor the “N” word and showed my distaste for that. So I guess there is no reason to stop anything.

  7. Scott Blount says:

    My thoughts are this word shouldn’t be used. I’ve heard arguments through the years for using it vs. retiring the word for good. I’ve heard/read black people say that using it is a way of “taking ownership” of the word. It’s a divisive word, period. As a white guy, I cringe every time I hear it, and I don’t think anyone using it sounds too intelligent. Using that word to me is akin to using the word “ain’t” and a few double negatives in a single sentence. Most likely, Iguodala used the term and made those comments because he thought it sounded cute and funny or he was just angry and decided to be a drama queen and use words that would stir up something. In the end, to me, he just sounds like an idiot, especially considering the circumstances.

  8. Brad Gernazian says:

    As a white person, my opinion carries no weight in this issue. Who am I to tell a group of people who were abused by the “N” word for hundreds of years that they can’t use the word? A couple other opinions I have:
    1. White people should never use the word
    2. I can’s speak for black people, but I can understand why other minorities can say the word without there being any issue. For example, Asians and Latinos did not abuse African-Americans with the world like white people did during slavery
    3. Referring to me as a cracker, honkey, wop, guinea, or armo isn’t the same as the “N” word. Slavery is what fueled the “N” unlike these other terms
    4.When people of any color use the word, they sound unintelligent.

    Again these are just my opinions. Feel free to disagree, but if you can’t understand how there is a huge difference between a black person using the word and a white person using the word then you may need to step back and look at the issue from another perspective.

    I know if I was Kerr I would be a little annoyed because that comment hurts my public image. I’m sure there are some people out there who now think Kerr is a racist and runs his team like a slave driver. I find that any professional athlete who compares their sport to slavery to be a little out of touch with reality. Adrian Peterson referred to the NFL as modern day slavery a few years back. Just seems ridiculous to compare getting paid millions of dollars to SLAVERY. Every profession has a boss that tell other people what to do, that doesn’t make it slavery.

  9. Kimberly Warren says:

    As a Black American, I always found conversations about the N-word to be interesting but pointless. They become pointless when people are being ignorant or biased. However, these conversations are more about the rules of using the word. For example, its offensive to say the word with an -er on the end then with an -a or -as; “nigger” is bad but “nigga” is okay. Only black people, and Dominicans, can use the word unless you receive your “black card” which gives you permission. Even if you have your black card, someone may overhear you say it which can still lead to trouble. These are general rules that I have heard about the n-word, but please be advised other people have different rules/opinions; some say that no one should use it. But overall, the back and forth of the word shows why other racial groups are just confused as ours. And we can’t go calling “racist” to every non-black person that uses the word because of today’s music. So in regards to Mr. Iguodala’s use of the n-word, I’m not surprised by his use of the word. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he got offended if the word was used the other way around (why these conversations go in circles).

  10. Amber M Grant says:

    As a African-American women, I DO NOT like the word nigger or nigga. I feel that it is used to freely today but I do believe the different spellings mean different things. The word ‘nigger’ is a slave word that brings back hundreds of years of slavery that my ancestors had to endure and the word ‘nigga’ is a word that means (to me) brother, person, or object. I know it’s confusing but hey. Just like several other athletes in games, people use the ‘n’ word and no one takes it to heart. Not wanting to relive the past but when Jackie Robinson went into baseball people will call him a nigger everywhere he went and no one though that was wrong.

    I agree with Trey L. that white people(not all) can not dictate how black people use a word that white people came up with. To me, it’s like saying that white people (not all) are trying to have people forget the hundreds of years there was slavery and I think they think that if you get rid of the word, the memory or the thought of what happened would go away. WRONG.

    I will be the first to admit that even though I hate the word, I catch myself saying it but never in a derogatory way. I’m now trying to stop using that word because I don’t want nigga or curse words in my vocabulary. I am a young black female and there is a demeanor that I want to uphold to myself and not because anyone has told me what to do.

    Everyone is different and no one can dictate what another person says or does. At the end of the day, we all have to answer to what we do.

  11. gljackson33 says:

    I think the N words is very overly rated right now. I think that everyone that has a very important platform to change things should. We as Black Americans need to really stop using the N word. If they really do the research about the N word, I think they would think twice about using it. As for me, it really hurts me when I hear it and it takes me back to slavery days. That word has so much pain behind it.

  12. Tayo Sowemimo says:

    Mr. Andre Iguodala could have expressed himself without crude and racially suggestive words; these types of statements are despicable and should be condemned. The United States continue to move towards a more perfect union, even though it doesn’t always seem so.

  13. Savianna says:

    The “N” word is a very controversial term because it means things to different people. Sadly, in some situations it is deemed okay to say and in others it isn’t. I am African American and I can tell you now that the “N” among most of the black community is a brotherhood like term. I have witnessed other groups, whites and Hispanics, use terms that would be taken negatively if any one else said it. I think it is that way because when your of the same race it is assumed that there is an understanding of lifestyles, struggles, etc. This is not to say it is okay, but now a days things are done within boundaries and it is just the world we live in. Racial terms bring harm regardless of its intentions because it causes identified division among people. There is also such a thing as going too far, which is what I think Andre Iguodala has done. Some things need to be kept within and slavery comments are one of them because we all know the sore spots those hit. I am going to be honest I have used the “N”, never in a derogatory way, but just through normal conversation. It weird and almost fascinating actually because its not even observed as a bad word until someone else who is of another race says it. 9 times out of 10 you don’t even observe the word being said but the minute the wrong person says it it is like an immediate red flag and it is interesting how the brain interprets that as such without hesitation. You really have to be consciously aware and be mature enough to handle such a situation. As we all know that is a lot to ask in this century haha. A lot of this isn’t going to change but if it were it would start with public figures like Andre. These athletes and stars have so much power and potential to create change but a lot of the time hinder the growth instead. The black music community is a prime example …..has the “N” word every 5 seconds. Yes, I go along with them too but that just goes to show you the problem. It goes to show you just how much like children we are. We imitate what we see and hear from people with power and status, consciously and unconsciously,and most times becomes habit.

  14. Gabe Frisbie says:

    You articulated this conundrum beautifully. Working with African Americans I have never understood the slang or use of the word. This piece shows that a lot of the people using the word do not actually have a group of African American friends that actually agree on the stance in which to use the word. Thanks for perspectives from multiple people to show how complex this issue really is. Baffles me.

  15. J. Lambert says:

    Use of the word “nigger” or any spelling derivation of it is unacceptable by anyone of any color, sex, creed, etc. Now why some black people use it given the history behind it,I will never truly understand and frankly, I don’t think those that use it really do either. If anything , it seems to be to be more psychological than anything. Let’s be reminded that African-Americans were enslaved for over 400 years and endured all kinds of horrors, some of which are still coming out and that experience that effected generations of of African-Americans, so the fact that we (I am African-American) may do something that does not make sense, makes sense. I am not justifying it as I mentioned it is wrong and let’s remember that all African-Americans do not use that term like myself regardless of the situation. In this case, tempers were flaring and the player used some choice words without directly offending or hurting anyone, so life goes on…

  16. E.B. Sands says:

    The truth of the matter is that the “N” word is actually two words now. The “er” variation is used specifically to depict a form of racial sensitivity, offensiveness or inferiority, while the “a” variation is used within the black community for a variety of reasons, to express friendship, place emphasis on a point you’re trying to make, or a bunch of other random circumstances. It can be humorous, sarcastic, but in this form, between those who have been accepted into the group that can use it (black people) it’s not offensive between them. Now, within the African American community, there are those that can’t operate the two words and feel that it is offensive at all times. As an African- American, here’s the kicker: I use it the word at times in my house or around my close friends, those that I know use it as well. However, I would never use it in public, around people. I cringe when I hear groups of blacks use it in a public around white people, as if they don’t know the rules of how to properly use the word. Does any of this make sense? Of course not; but that’s just the way it is. Language rules are determined by those who use the language, not the other way around. For a comparison equally as senseless, if I were to call a woman the “B” word, it would be the most offensive thing. However, a lot of (often younger) women use the word among one another, often within the same contexts that African-Americans use the “N” word within their social groups.

    So I say all that to say, Igoudala knew exactly how he utilized the word, the message in which he was portraying, and the sentiment that does still run throughout the black community as it relates to their position within their professions. While I didn’t agree with the context or situation in which he was making this assessment, I do know that similar comments are used often by African-Americans when talking about their jobs, so Igoudala saying what he said just put in the public atmosphere another ugly truth about how different groups sometimes feel about their position in the country.

  17. scwoods23 says:

    I can go on and on about how I think the N word shouldn’t be used, however I won’t. At the end of the day, I think the word itself is much overrated and is a pretty legit argument starter based on who’s around you. Some people will say that only African Americans have the right to use that word, but in reality, they are just as bad for using it just like anyone else.

  18. First things first…I consider the “N” highly offensive, meaning that to do not use the word because I do not want to offend anyone, nor do I want to hurt someone’s feelings. With that being said, Andre Iguodala use of the word in connection with the word “Master” seems to me to be the ramblings of a spoiled brat! With the salary that he and his fellow teammates pull down each year, how dare he compare himself and his teammates to those who were enslaved so many years ago. Iguodala’s burden of playing basketball can in no way be compared to the intense labor and horrible abuse that true slaves endured. Oh, poor basketball player, you have to do what your coach tells you to do while you spend your multi-million-dollar salary! His use of the word is offensive to me simply because of the disrespect that he showed to the true slaves who had to endure being called the “N” word by their abusive owners.

    As for the use of the word in rap music, although I don’t necessarily enjoy hearing the word being used music, I understand that like many words in the English language, slang forms of those words evolve and take on a meaning unto themselves. And this seems to be the case in rap music as well as when young black men greet and/or speak to each other. I must say that I am a bit hesitant to even weigh in on the use of the “N” word in this context because perhaps I am not as attune to the culture as I should be, and I certainly don’t want to be perceived as racist.

    Where I do feel more comfortable in commenting on the use of the “N” word is when it is blatantly being used as a racial slur. I find it to be disgusting and wish that it could be eradicated from our vocabulary. When the “N” word is used as a slur and to degrade an African American human being, the perpetrator should be made to suffer the consequences. Case in point, Paula Deen. Her multi-million-dollar empire came tumbling down when it was revealed that she often referred to her kitchen staff as n*ggers. She is no longer on Food Network, and I commend the network for removing her cooking shows in a stand against racism!

  19. April Brauda says:

    I totally agree that his comments were out of place. It is harkening to a terrible past to add false strength to his words. I’d imagine this statement comes out of frustration with the coach and feeling his opinions weren’t being listened to, but none of that justifies using the imagery of slavery to strengthen his position.

    I would like to talk about language and the reclaiming of the language of hate. To start lightly, lets look at the word nerd. This word entered popular usage as a way to pick on the kid who studied instead of partied and it grew to imply with it social ineptitude. This word is now a word video gamers, comic book fans, and others happily brand themselves with. The word is now hard to use hatefully. Look also to SlutWalks where woman are uniting to reclaim the word and end the shaming of female sexuality in our culture.

    The n-word is like this. By using it without hateful intent and as a mark of pride and solidarity the people using it in the black community obviously want to reclaim this word, hoping to take control of their cultural heritage. However, the word hasn’t been neutered as a hateful pejorative the way nerd has, so it is complicated in use and one not at risk to be called a nigger should refrain from the use of nigga.

  20. Morrisa Rogers says:

    Hmm. I commented on diversity in another post. Life would be so easy if we could classify one group, race in this instance, and immediately know their preferences. We continue to forget that people within the group are individuals who’s values and beliefs have been influenced by a plethora of nuanced experiences. And herein lies the problem. It would be ideal if we could all agree that the use of the N word was unnecessary. We would then be able to move on and forever forget this ongoing debate. However, across races some chose to turn what has been used as a negative in to a positive (if your black and or adopted in to black culture) or negative as some still choose to use term to express their enduring hate of blacks. One thing is certain, this debate will continue as long as free speech is alive. Now personally I don’t believe provocative comments or ideas needed to be expressed in the context of an NBA interview but that is my personal opinion. It will be interesting to see how similar incidents are handled in the future and if the ranking of the player, the coaches feedback or the race makes a difference.

  21. Yvonne S says:

    I don’t like the word and think that all people should stop using it whether it is in its original form or the slang term and context that black people use it in. It is offensive and very violent word that needs to be put to rest and there is no explaining it away as a term of endearment as its roots were so ugly. With our lack off censorship and freedom of speech, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon.

  22. I feel that the word shouldn’t be used by anyone because of its history. There are many more words in the English dictionary to used to express your distaste for something. And, he should have received a tech for the word and the should continue to hold entertainers and sports people accountable with punishment.

  23. gnfelps says:

    I feel the word should not be used regardless, at least not to where people can here about it. These professional athletes are looked up to by young kids, and just morally that is wrong for a child to see his or her favorite athlete using language of that nature. He may have meant no harm by the phrase, but it came across wrong and it should have been worded in a different way.

  24. Brian Rice says:

    I completely agree with your sentiments regarding Andre Iguodala’s use of racist terminology in his response to a reporters question about Coach Kerr resting his players. It is rather absurd that he made the “Master” comment in regards to this because his coach was actually looking out for the players well-being. Many teams were doing this and were taking heat because fans were paying good money to attend games where the star players were being rested and not playing in the games. As you stated, it is rather ridiculous for a player to liken modern day sports to the slavery era when these players are making millions to play a game. The players can walk away from the game at any moment if they feel they are being treated poorly.

    The double standard about using the “N” word has done nothing but harm race relations in our country. The term is offensive so it should not be used by ANYONE, regardless of your race or background. Mr. Iguodala is on a very big stage so he should choose his words wisely. You mentioned Wilbon, Rose, and Steele’s responses about the incident, but I think it is important to note that there were several players that came forward saying that the usage of the word was inappropriate. NBA player Ryan Hollins was very outspoken about it and even said he should be fined for it, which ultimately he was fined $10,000 for his language. If other African -American players are not okay with it, why should anyone else be?

    I understand that Mr. Iguodala may have been trying to prove a point but I think there are better ways to express your thoughts than resorting to the usage of controversial words. From what I have researched, Mr. Iguodala is a very intelligent man and has been very successful off the court as well with his investment in tech companies. Hopefully, in the future, he can better articulate his beliefs if he really wants to create any kind of change, or maybe we really did just get Andre’d?

  25. Nathan Daley says:

    Honestly regardless of who is using the word, I personally feel likes a derogatory word. I think black people use the word for multiple different reasons, but that’s not the only derogatory word people use in that way. I think the major issues with the use of the word nigga, is the intention behind using it. It’s like any other word that is used to describe someone in a negative way. If my best friend calls me stupid or dumb, I don’t take offense to it because I know that the intent behind it wasn’t made to be hurtful. Now when a person I don’t know calls me the same word, I can easily take offense to it because I know how the word is being delivered.

    Even though black people have embraced the word in order to take away the negative connotation behind it, doesn’t mean they are ok with other races hijacking the word. I think people just need to accept that it’s not ok for them to say period. If it is said then it will definitely offend someone. Now in reference to Iguodala’s statement, I believe that it was very immature and inappropriate. In so many ways he called his coach a slave master, which is very offensive to say to a white person, especially if that person isn’t racist. Regardless of what his reasoning for saying it was, that was not the proper place to discuss it. There is always a better way to handle a situation and I just don’t believe that was the right way to go about it. I don’t know all the details of how it was said in under what platform, but I believe there should be repercussion for that statement he made especially if it was televised. He owes some people an apology period because if it was the other way around black people would be irate over it.

  26. Bettina says:

    If my grandmother were his grandmother, she’d wash his mouth out with soap. I honestly wish this word could be buried. It is a word that is associated with such pain that it makes me sick to think anyone thinks they can/should use it…

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