OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala has been fined $10,000 by the NBA for racially insensitive remarks after Friday night’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Iguodala said Monday he didn’t have any comment on the NBA’s punishment.
On Friday, Iguodala was asked if he knew that he, along with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, would be sitting out Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
“Nope, no clue,” Iguodala replied. “I do what master say.”
He later clarified his remark to ESPN, saying it was in no way a shot directed at coach Steve Kerr and that it was only an inside locker room joke.
Iguodala also used the N-word repeatedly during his media address Friday. Fatigued by the condensed road schedule of the past two weeks, irked by four losses in the past six games, dealing with Kevin Durant’s injury and the team’s beef with the officiating Friday spilled over into postgame frustration.
After Warriors practice Monday but before the league announced his fine, Iguodala expressed regret for his comments’ effect on the team.
“I feel like it’s the wrong time because it puts my team in that situation and coaching staff in that situation,” he said. “I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr, and he knows that. Steve spoke to you guys about it, you know what I mean. 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.”
On whether the “inside joke” was actually directed at the media, Iguodala said: “I like to have fun with you guys. I shouldn’t say fun. 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.”
On Monday, Kerr reiterated what he said Saturday, that he wasn’t bothered by the comments.
“First of all, he wasn’t talking about me, just for the record,” Kerr said. “He and I have talked, and that’ll remain private. I wasn’t the slightest bit offended. I think as I mentioned the other night he has a very cryptic sense of humor. 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.”
On Saturday, Kerr said he didn’t take offense to the comments.
“You guys just got Andre’d,” Kerr said to a group of reporters prior to Saturday’s 107-85 loss to the Spurs. “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,” Kerr added. “[He] jokes around. I didn’t take anything from it. It’s just Andre being Andre.”