Posts Tagged ‘Racism’

Count LeBron James among the NBA stars to call out Boston Celtics fans for their behavior.

When asked during an episode of “The Shop” to name a city he hates playing in, the Los Angeles Lakers forward chose Boston.

“They racist as fuck,” James said. “They will say anything. And it’s fine. I mean, fuck, it’s my life, I’ve been dealing with it my whole life. I don’t mind it. I hear it.”

James referred to the time a Celtics fan poured a beer on him after a playoff game in 2012. He also called out Boston spectators for wearing “Fuck LBJ” shirts before jokingly suggesting they were “sold at the fucking team shop.”

James joined Fenway Sports Group (FSG) as a partner in March 2021. FSG is the parent group company of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and English Premier League side Liverpool.

Other players have criticized Celtics supporters for being racist as well.

Kyrie Irving pled with the Boston faithful to avoid “subtle racism” upon his return to TD Garden last May. He added that he was “not the only one that can attest” to Celtics fans directing racist remarks at players.

More recently, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson said Boston supporters were “dropping F-bombs with children in the crowd” during the NBA Finals before sarcastically calling the fan base “classy.”

When asked in 2021 about players characterizing Celtics fans as racist, Boston wing Jaylen Brown said “painting every Celtics fan as a racist would be unfair” before adding that Boston has “a lot of work to do” in that regard.

Devin Booker says he hasn’t personally seen instances of racism or misogyny since being drafted by the Phoenix Suns but welcomes the league’s investigation into numerous accusations made by current and former Suns employees about owner Robert Sarver’s conduct in an ESPN report on Thursday.

“In my seven years that I’ve been here, I haven’t noticed that, but that doesn’t make me insensitive to the subject,” Booker said, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I think the NBA opened an investigation, and they’re going to do their due diligence of bringing out facts instead of ‘he said, she said.’

“I’m sure the NBA has it in good hands and will do the proper research to find out the truth.”

Booker’s backcourt mate, Chris Paul, has been down a similar road before.

While playing for the Los Angeles Clippers toward the end of the 2013-14 season, an audio recording leaked of then-owner Donald Sterling expressing racist sentiments about Black people – including crosstown basketball icon Magic Johnson. The NBA ultimately forced Sterling to sell his stake in the team.

Paul is also staying patient while the NBA gathers more information into the expansive report, which featured interviews with over 70 current and former Phoenix staff members.

“I feel like situations are different,” Paul said, per ESPN. “We dealt with that in that time when all that happened. I think right now, like Book said, we’re not insensitive to everything that was said or whatnot, but we don’t know all the details. So the NBA will do its investigation, and in that time, all of us on our team will continue to play and do what we do.”

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver released a statement Friday, denying claims of racism and gender discrimination made against him in an upcoming ESPN story centered around misconduct within the organization.

“I am wholly shocked by some of the allegations purported by ESPN about me, personally, or about the Phoenix Suns and Mercury organizations,” Sarver said. “While I can’t begin to know how to respond to some of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I can certainly tell you that some of the claims I find completely repugnant to my nature and to the character of the Suns/Mercury workplace and I can tell you they never, ever happened.”

In a separate statement, the Suns organization vehemently denied accusations from the unpublished story, citing “documentary evidence in our possession and eyewitness accounts.”

Sarver, 59, has owned the Suns and Mercury since 2004.

Phoenix is coming off a successful season that saw the franchise reach the NBA Finals and come within two wins of a championship.

Three Vancouver Whitecaps academy players were assaulted during an outdoor gathering Saturday evening, the Major League Soccer team announced.

The club believes the incident was “a racially motivated attack.”

“Enough is enough. We are heartbroken and sickened by the allegations and strongly condemn all forms of discrimination, racism, and hate,” the Whitecaps said.

“Such disgusting behavior has absolutely no place in our community. We will do everything to support our players affected and urge the toughest punishment possible for those responsible.”

One player was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. He’s expected to make a full recovery following surgery.

The Whitecaps say one suspect was arrested in connection with the incident.

Scottie Pippen accused his former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson of being racist.

In an interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday, Pippen said the coach made a racially motivated decision when he drew up a play for Toni Kukoc in the final moments of a 1994 playoff game.

“Why would Toni, who was a rookie, get the last-second shot, and you put me out of bounds? That’s what I mean ‘racial,'” Pippen told Patrick, clarifying the comments he made in a recent GQ interview.

With the score tied in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals versus the New York Knicks, Pippen refused to play the final 1.8 seconds after Jackson called on Kukoc, a 25-year-old rookie out of Croatia, to take the go-ahead shot. Pippen – the third-place finisher in MVP balloting that season – watched from the sidelines as Kukoc nailed the 22-footer for the win.

Patrick pressed Pippen’s characterization of Jackson’s play call as a “racial move,” asking if he was “calling Phil Jackson a racist.”

Pippen responded: “I don’t have a problem with that.”

Pippen also bashed Jackson’s decision to write a book about the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 2003-04 season after leaving the team, noting the Hall of Fame coach’s criticism of Kobe Bryant. Jackson eventually returned to the Lakers’ sidelines in 2005, coaching Bryant to an additional two championships in six seasons.

Jordan Clarkson knew he had to take action after he saw that a Filipino food truck in Utah was recently vandalized with racial slurs.

“If you want me to be real honest, my first reaction was, ‘This is bullshit!'” Clarkson told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk on Thursday. “I was just like, ‘We can’t be fucking doing this.’ Those were the exact words that came out of my mouth to my boys, my family, and everybody that was around me. So, they were like, ‘Let’s do something (about it).'”

The Utah Jazz reserve, whose mother is half-Filipino, paid to restore the World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck with the help of vehicle wrap company Identity Graphx. He also offered the owners of the food truck, Ben and Erin Pierce, financial support to get their business up and running again.

Clarkson hopes to continue to show support and raise awareness amid the increasing number of Asian-targeted hate crimes in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I didn’t even want this to really get out,” Clarkson said. “My team was like, ‘Do you want to go public with this or not?’ And I was kind of like, ‘No,’ in the sense of I want to do this out of straight love and support.

“But for them, they came to me and said you got to show the people that you are there for them and let them know that you are supporting them, and that is what I am doing. I am here to support, show love, and just try to make a change.”

The Jazz invited the Pierces and their employees to attend the team’s Game 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Utah presented the family with a signed Clarkson jersey during a stoppage in play Thursday.

This past weekend, it was reported that AEW had released Spanish announcer Willie Urbina. Urbina had been caught on a hot mic on the Fite TV broadcast of AEW Dynamite mocking Hikaru Shida’s accent.

Alex Abrahantes, Dasha Kuret and Thunder Rosa were also on commentary for the incident. Kuret and Rosa were awkwardly laughing while Urbina kept mocking Shida, and the two tried to get him to stop.

Following AEW Double or Nothing, AEW President and CEO Tony Khan addressed the incident in a post-show media scrum.

“I didn’t think there was any excuse,” Khan expressed. “I was not happy with it, so after I heard what was said and having talked to the other commentators involved about what was said about her, who I also apologized to, I thought it was best for the company to make the decision that we made.”

WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash believes the “senseless violence” against the Asian American community is more proof that “America is so full of hate.”

Nash was reacting to the recent shooting rampage in Georgia that left six women of Asian origin dead. On Tuesday evening, a white gunman killed eight people – most of them women of Asian descent – at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs.

He tweeted, “America is so full of hate. The senseless violence against our Asian American community once again showing how broken we are. Let’s be diligent and protect our Asian Brothers and Sisters.”

According to several reports, Asian American communities across the country are on high alert after a surge in hate crimes since the start of the pandemic.

Nash will soon become a two-time WWE Hall of Famer when he gets inducted as a member of the New World Order in the upcoming 2020 class. The class could not be inducted last year due to COVID-19.

Utah Jazz vice president Dennis Lindsey denied an assertion by former player Elijah Millsap that he used racist language in 2015.

Millsap tweeted Wednesday that Lindsey, in the company of head coach Quin Snyder, told the player during an exit interview, “If you say one more word, I’ll cut your Black ass and send you back to Louisiana.”

“I categorically deny making that statement,” Lindsey told the Deseret News’ Sarah Todd.

The NBA has launched an investigation, with which the Jazz say they’re fully cooperating.

“The Jazz organization has zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior of any kind,” the team said in a statement, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “We take these matters seriously. We have proactively engaged outside counsel to work in coordination with the NBA to thoroughly investigate this matter.

“We seek a comprehensive and unbiased review of the situation.”

Snyder insisted Wednesday that he doesn’t recall the incident.

“Honestly, I don’t remember the conversation,” Snyder said. “I can’t fathom Dennis saying something like that.”

Millsap suited up for the Jazz from 2014-16. He’s the younger brother of four-time All-Star Paul Millsap, who played in Utah from 2006-13.

Charles Wright aka The Godfather was one of the few wrestlers during the 1990s who never jumped ship from one promotion to another. He only worked for WWF/WWE although he did have a verbal agreement to go to WCW.

However, that deal never came into fruition and the planned role for Wright ended up going to Virgil, who became Vincent in WCW. Wright recalled thinking he was headed to WCW to join the nWo during an interview on the Scheduled for Two Falls podcast.

“First of all, I never talked to Eric Bischoff. It was Jim Herd and somebody else; Dusty Rhodes too. I was talking with Kevin [Nash] or Scott [Hall], it wasn’t Hulk. But we were talking back and forth and I talked to Jim Herd and they’re like, ‘OK, we’re going to bring you in and you’re slowly going to get in matches and you’re going to be the enforcer.’ And I’m like, ‘Cool,’” said Wright.

“I think I was calling and he wasn’t calling me so I called this one and he wasn’t calling me back so I knew something is going on. Next thing I know, I see Virgil out there and I’m like, ‘Oh ok.’ I would assume that somebody up at the top said, ‘You know, why pay this one that much when we could pay this one that much.’ And they clowned Virgil – they would never have clowned me like that.”

Even though Wright never spent a day signed with WCW, he spent lots of time with people who had worked for them in the past. One of those was Ron Simmons who warned him not to join WCW due to the racism he experienced.

“Ron Simmons is the one that told me, ‘You don’t want to go there. You won’t fit in there. Don’t go there, it’s not the place for you. Stay where you are.’ I’m a northern boy and those were all southern boys and I’m used to dealing with bikers and redneck racist dudes anyway so I have a short fuse with those dudes,” stated Wright. “He was like, ‘You’re going to hear this (racist abuse)’ and I’m like, ‘I ain’t gonna hear that.’

“He said, ‘Yes you are’ and I said, ‘Well, if I hear that I’m going to be fighting.’ And he said, ‘Well then you’re going to be fighting every day.’ He said don’t go there. You’re not used to dealing with these guys.”

Due to the success of his Godfather character, Wright was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame under the gimmick in 2016. He recalled hearing the news he was going in and how his relationship with WWE has been since he departed the company.

“I always thought that if they put me in the Hall of Fame it would have to be a ‘special’ category. But I had been under contract with the WWE, and still am, under a legends contract since 2003 or 2004. To this day, they have been nothing but great to me. I still get a royalty check. They keep me on the Network and keep me relevant but every year I go to WrestleMania. Now you might not see me, but I’m there doing stuff,” said Wright.

“So, [WWE Director of Talent Relations] Mark Carrano called me. Mark is asking if I’m all set for WrestleMania and I’m like yea. I was at the gym. And he’s like, ‘Who are ya bringing?’ I’m like, ‘Who am I bringing? I’m bringing my wife.’ And he’s like, ‘Why don’t you bring your whole family?’ I’m like, ‘Why the hell would I bring my whole family, Mark?’ ‘Because Vince is putting you in the Hall of Fame.’

“He said my name came up for the first time and Vince said, ‘Charles!? Of course, let’s put Charles in!’ And that’s how it went. Here’s how I look at things. I made him a lot of money with my characters and they’re historic man. The body of work is there. I might not have been the best technical wrestler or been in the best matches but most of my characters have been a part of something. The Godfather alone, it’s been over 20 years since he was relevant and people still see me on the streets as the Godfather. But now I’m the ‘Smoke’ Train, not the ‘Hoe’ train. ”