Andre Iguodala regrets, won’t apologize for racially charged comments
The NBA on Monday announced that Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was fined $10,000 for “making inappropriate comments during a postgame media interview” last Friday.
While Iguodala expressed regret for making the comments shortly after the fine was announced, he refused to apologize for making them.
The comments from Iguodala that sparked the controversy came after the Warriors’ 103-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 10 at Target Center. During his postgame comments, Iguodala said in part, “I just do what master say,” which was inferred as a shot at Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
Iguodala said on Monday the notion that his comments were critical of Kerr is what he regrets most. He also said it was the wrong time to create a distraction for the team.
“It probably was the wrong time to express myself,” Iguodala told reporters Monday at the Warriors practice facility. “We all have our own opinions. We all have our own feelings. I feel like we’re entitled to them. We just try to pick and choose the time to do it and who you share it with, because some may not understand where you’re coming from, which is to be expected.
“I feel like it’s the wrong time because it puts my team in the situation and my coaching staff in that situation. I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr, and he knows that. He spoke to you guys about it.”
Kerr has downplayed Iguodala’s comments in the wake of the incident, saying that’s “just Andre being Andre.”
Iguodala also mentioned in Monday’s comments that the fact the Warriors are a big story in the NBA foster an environment for people to be offended.
“We kind of live in a world right now that our team is so much in a spotlight and such a microscope on us as players that any move can offend someone. So you can’t live life not trying to offend someone.”
That may be all well and good, but Iguodala has to realize such racially charged comments are going to cause controversy, regardless of the circumstances or intent.