Former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors was fined a reported $10,000 by the league Monday for his racially-charged remarks in an interview.
When asked by reporters if some of his teammates would be resting in their game the following night, Iguodala said, “Nope, no clue. I do what master say.”
He also used the N-word several times during their postgame interview following their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, according to ESPN.
Iguodala tried to explain his remarks saying they were not directed at Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and were part of an “inside joke” in the team’s locker room.
The Smoke Room reports (via The Daily Caller):
“I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr, and he knows that. Steve spoke to you guys about it, you know what I mean,” Iguodala explained before being fined.
“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,” he added.
Kerr defended Iguodala saying the player was simply expressing himself through his own sense of humor, and he wasn’t a bit offended by it. He added, though, that Iguodala should have kept certain humorous things within the locker room and not while talking with the media.