Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog unmasks recent NBA hypocrisy.
Yesterday, NBA EVP of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced that Golden State Warriors star forward Andre Iguodala was fined $10,000 for inappropriate comments made during a media interview. Caught on film following his team’s loss on March 10 to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a frustrated Iguodala made racially insensitive remarks about his coach and repeatedly used the racially charged N-word during the exchange.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, recipient of one of Iguodala’s controversial comments, immediately defended the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and chuckled that the media got “Andre’d” by his player’s penchant for joking around.
Even ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith came to Iguodala’s defense that the Warriors star is a respected NBA veteran who utilizes a keen sense of humor to foster dialogue regarding otherwise highly sensitive and racially polarizing topics.
Brooklyn Nets Host “Biggie Night” at Barclay’s
However, if the NBA esteems itself so morally superior in disciplining players for utilizing language it deems inappropriate, why would it condone the celebration of “Biggie Night” at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn this past weekend?
This screams of NBA hypocrisy at its best.
At the same time Iguodala’s NBA censure was being issued to leave him ten large lighter in the wallet, Brooklynites and Brooklyn Nets fans were applauding the team’s official night to commemorate Christopher George Latore Wallace – aka The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls – tragically killed by a drive by shooter in Los Angeles on March 7, 1997.
Widely recognized among rapper elites, Biggie Smalls rose to fame by glamorizing a gangster lifestyle through song lyrics drenched in infectious, but shamelessly violent, misogynistic and racially demeaning lyrics.
As the Barclay’s Center crowd clapped and cheered for the Nets’ honoring Biggie this past weekend with a B.I.G. 72 jersey, the NBA front office remained silent.
There were no comments, no remarks and not even a whisper emanating from league offices in NYC.
Not a Word From NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
Not a word from Commissioner Adam Silver was spoken. Neither was there a peep from Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Should we deduce from their silence that both Silver and Prokhorov support the late singer’s licentious lyrics? Should we provide these leaders a pass for celebrating intolerable lyrics that far too many young kids mimic 20 years after Biggie Smalls recorded them?
Are Silver and Prokhorov not equally concerned over the vile, inappropriate language The Notorious B.I.G. spewed in songs before his tragic death that continues to live on two decades later?
Should it suggest that Silver enjoys Biggie’s songs like “Me and My B*tch” or “N*gg*s Bleed”? Or, perhaps Prokhorov’s playlist boasts some of Biggie’s best songs like “Gimme The Loot” or “10 Crack Commandments.”
Take a listen to Biggie’s words. Let them sink in until they nauseate you.
If we’re condemning the inappropriate and insensitive media remarks made by Iguodola, then where’s the NBA’s equal moral compass when weighing in on Biggie’s nasty lyrics that bankrupt kids’ souls, empty their wallets and unnecessarily lead them on a path of destruction?
Is this really the type of world we want for our kids? Do these songs portray how we should reference women? How can we quickly, wisely and definitively respond to explicit lyrics promoting drugs, sex and guns?
If we’re taking our cues from the hypocritical NBA leadership, we’re apparently saying it’s okay, so let’s bask in Biggie’s boorish behavior and raise his #72 jersey into the Barclay’s rafters.
Adam Silver should have condemned the Nets’ choice to promote this Brooklyn native, but maybe he was too busy promulgating NBA hypocrisy by collecting the 10 grand from Andre Iguodala for inappropriate language.
And, that’s my 2 cents.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!