Andre Iguodala has been fined a reported $10,000 by the NBA for his racially-charged remarks during a postgame interview with the media on Friday night, according to ESPN.
The Golden State Warriors’ star was speaking to reporters after a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves when asked if some of his teammates would be resting in their game the following night.
“Nope, no clue,” the Golden State small forward responded. “I do what master say.” Iguodala also used the N-word several times during the interview.
The NBA fined the Warriors’ former Finals MVP on Monday — he has not yet commented on their punishment, ESPN reports. Iguodala did attempt to explain his remarks which he said were not directed at Golden State head coach Steve Kerr and were part of an “inside joke” in the Warriors’ locker room.
“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.
“I like to have fun with you guys. I shouldn’t say fun,” he corrected himself. “I like to play mind games with you guys. But it still doesn’t take away from how someone may feel. A lot of guys may feel a certain way but they don’t know how to express it. But I may have chosen the wrong way to express it, but that’s my personal way of getting back at you guys a little bit.”
Kerr also told the media that Iguodala was simply expressing himself through his own “cryptic” sense of humor, but added that he shouldn’t have said what he did.
“I wasn’t the slightest bit offended, I think as I mentioned the other night he has a very cryptic sense of humor,” Kerr said on Monday. “Only thing I would say is there’s certain humorous things you should say in the sanctity of the locker room, and certain humorous things you might want to keep from the media, and that was one of them, and he knows that.”