Last night during Inside the NBA, the guys reviewed the issue that took place in Game 3 of the 1st round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks. Specifically between the Mavericks' G/F Luka Doncic and the Clippers PF/C Montrezl Harrell.
What happened was during the game in the 1st quarter, Montrezl Harrell was back-jogging down the court after making a shot under the basket. He then looked at Luka Doncic and referred to Doncic as "a bitch ass white boy."
Two plays later, Doncic and Harrell got into a bit of an argument with Doncic taking exception to a supposed flop from Harrell, which only added to the incident.
The next game, Harrell and Doncic made up in the pregame warmups with Harrell apologizing to Doncic for what he said.
Given the major animosity over racism in the past few months with things like police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal felt the need to address the issue on the show.
Ernie believed the league should have made a statement on the issue about Harrell's comments, saying that they accepted Harrell's apology, repercussions were taken, and those kind of comments and behavior are not tolerated in the NBA.
Charles praised Harrell for owning up to what he said and apologizing to Doncic. He added that he should never have said it and pointed out the hypocrisy about racial tensions saying "you don't get to have a double standard."
Kenny stated that even though it was a racist comment, it's not racism because "it had no power."
Shaq maintained that it was no big deal and that it's just trash talk between players. "When we go to the gym we say a lot of things... We say it, but we don't mean it."
Given how much of an issue racism is in the world and how much it has escalated over these last few months, I felt it was important to share and address this topic. And see what you guys thought.
Personally, I side with Charles and Ernie on this issue and I think Kenny and Shaq are full of it. First, to address Kenny's point of "it had no power." So if a homeless white guy on the streets had called him 'monkey,' 'spade,' or 'nigger,' it has power. But if someone like LeBron James or Oprah Winfrey or Barack Obama, a rich, famous, powerful, and influential African-American, calls that same homeless white guy 'cracker,' 'whitey,' or 'white trash,' it has no power? I fail to see the correlation. What exactly did he mean by that? As for Shaq, so if Phil Jackson, Rick Fox, or Jason Williams, a teammate or coach who was white or not black, had called him something racial, it's no big deal, it's just trash talk, they don't mean it. No different if Penny Hardaway, Derek Fisher, or Kobe Bryant had said it? I don't buy that for a second.
I think Charles is absolutely right. You can't have a double standard. ANY and ALL forms of racism is wrong. No matter if it's white to black; black to white; white to Hispanic; Hispanic to Asian; Asian to Indian; Indian to Arab; Etc. etc. There is no such thing as reverse racism. It is just racism. The only form of reverse racism is NO racism. If you really want racial equality, you can't have it both ways. If the roles were reversed and Doncic had called Harrell "a bitch ass nigger," what do you think would have happened? I think this really should be discussed more often ESPECIALLY given things like Black Lives Matter and police brutality and all kinds of racial issues going on in the world today. Because if you're not going to hold black people, or any other minority for that matter, to that same standard you hold white people. What you're basically saying is, "You can't do it to me, but I can do it to you." Bullshit! Not only is it racist, it is hypocritical. And I agree with Ernie that the NBA should have said something on the matter, because we all know for a fact they would have if the roles were reversed.Last edited by PAOerfulone - on 25 August 2020
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