Following a loss on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night, Golden State Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala was informed by reporters that coach Steve Kerr planned to rest his starters the following night in San Antonio. Iguodala responded by making a controversial remark, saying that "I do what master say." Iguodala also used the n-word repeatedly in explaining why the Warriors lost the game.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Saturday that he wasn't offended by Iguodala's remarks, and jokingly said the media "got Andre'd."
Steve Kerr: Andre Iguodala likes to 'stir the pot'
“Yeah you guys got Andre’d, that’s what happened. 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, jokes around… I wasn’t offended by anything he said personally. But, you know, he chose some words that were questionable and he’s got to respond to that.”
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Shannon: There is no time making analogies to slavery is acceptable
“When I heard the comments… and I’m like ‘did I hear what I thought I heard?’ And then once I realized I had heard what I thought I did, I tried to make sense of it. What is he trying to do here?
First and foremost, before I go any further, slave analogies, Holocaust analogies… there should be no comparisons. There’s nothing to compare it to. If you want to say someone is big as a tree, as strong as an ox, as fast as a gazelle… have at it. But slavery and the Holocaust are off limits when it comes to comparisons. So let’s leave that there.
He says ‘the master.’ So he’s looking [at it like]… is he talking about Steve Kerr? Because the slavemaster - slaves were property. They didn’t get paid, there were no days off. You worked until you could notsee.
Then he said ‘what would the dumb N say.’ Really?”
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“I played 14 years in professional sports, and when I retired I got a job in television, and so I was the interviewee, and I became the interviewer. And as the person being interviewed, the one thing you can’t control is the line of questioning that’s being asked. But what you could control is your response.
I learned early on in my career that what I said had meaning, and that - for eternity - someone could be able to go back and look at something Shannon said in 1992, ’95 or 2003. I understood that.
For him to say ‘the dumb N, what would he say?’
[Reporters] would ask me ‘Shannon, what happened?’ How about ‘guys we turned the ball over six times, we couldn’t run the ball, we couldn’t protect our quarterback…’ That’s what happened. It’s really not that complicated.
Trying to be glib, trying to be funny using ‘master’ and the n-word….
Skip, I get it. If you want to be at the barbershop, you want to be amongst your friends and you talk like that? Hey, do what you do in the privacy or setting of your own controlled environment. But in an interview? Live? You’re going to say ‘dumb N?’"
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Shannon: 'Once you said that, that’s what they looked at you as'
“Because guess what? Once you said that, that’s what they looked at you as, because they can’t believe you uttered that out of your mouth. That you would say ‘what would the dumb N say’ in a situation like this.
Andre Iguodala, are you serious? ‘The master.’ Here’s a guy that’s made over $100 million dollars. What slave you know ever made a dime?
Slaves were property. They were bought and sold. The families were broken up. At times the mothers and daughters were raped. And he’s talking about Steve Kerr as a ‘master?’ Really?
When people say certain things, I don’t think at times they really think it through. Because I think he was trying to be glib, I think he was trying to be funny. I think he was trying to be cute, but in actuality he sounded dumb. He sounded asinine. He sounded utterly ridiculous.
And I can’t even believe he would utter something like this, but I’m not surprised. You know why? Because after they lost to the Cavs last year, do you know what he said? He said ‘the Warriors nor the Cavs were the best team. The Thunder were the best team, they should have won the trophy.’ What sense does that make?”
I cannot believe he would say something like this and some people think it would be OK. This is never OK.
My grandmother used to say ‘boy you don’t know how big a fool someone is until they open their mouth.’ Well, there you go.”
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"I just don’t get what he was trying to accomplish here. And I get they’re frustrated because they’re losing.
But [if] coach Mike [Shanahan] says ‘hey, Shannon, you’re not playing this game.’Reporters ask me, ‘Mike said [I’m] not playing. He’s the coach, he knows what’s best for the football team.’ Leave it at that. I’m not referring to Mike as no ‘master.’
… I’m not trying to be glib, I’m not trying to be funny, I’m not trying to be nothing. Just answer the question without using those derogatory terms to point about yourself.
You need to come to the realization [that] yeah you’ve made a lot of money, but when you say dumb things you reinforce that they’ve placed on us for the longest period of time. So don’t give them any reason to say ‘see, I told you.’
I’m so upset with these young men. Sometimes I just wish I could go to a symposium and sit down and talk… maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s because I’m going to be 49 in three months, and I’m from rural south Georgia. Maybe where I’m from shaped how I see things, because I’ve been called that."