Is this a genuine case of not knowing any better or was there malicious intent involved?
That's the question following Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams's racially insensitive remark Monday night. Fresh after the Thunder scored a 108-102 road win over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Adams told ESPN's Chris Broussard that the Warriors are "quick little monkeys."
Immediately, social media erupted into debates whether Adams, a New Zealand native, meant it as a racist remark or simply didn't know the history of the insensitivity of the term when used to describe African-Americans.
Decide for yourself:
Adams quickly offered up an apology thereafter.
“It was just a poor choice of words, mate,” Adams told USA TODAY Sports. “I wasn’t thinking straight. I didn’t know it was going to upset anyone, but I’m truly sorry. It was just a poor choice of words. I was just trying to express how difficult it was chasing those guys around.”
He added: “It’s just different, mate. Different words, different expressions, and stuff like that. But they obviously can be taken differently, depending on which country you’re in. I’m assimilating, mate, still trying to figure out the boundaries. But I definitely overstepped them [Monday night].”
Accepting that apology or should Adams, who's 22-years-old and came to the United States in 2012, have known better?
Social media certainly has its fair share of distinct opinions.
How do you feel about Adams's poor choice of words?
Are you willing to give him the pass because of his New Zealand roots or nah?
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