We are going to have to cut Steven Adams some slack here. He's only been in this country for about four years, and his choice of wording when taken into context makes sense when you consider where he is from.
After the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Monday night, Adams was asked by ESPN's Chris Broussard about guarding the team's backcourt tandem of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
There, Adams called the two "quick little monkeys," while Broussard had a facial expression for the ages:
Obviously, it is a poor choice of wording given the history of racism in this country. Adams should know it's a poor choice of wording, but he ended up apologizing immediately after he knew the slip-up of what he just said.
“It was just a poor choice of words, mate,” Adams said, via 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.
“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 tonight.”
Unless there is something about Steven Adams that would show he has some sort of racist tendencies, this is just a guy struggling for the right words to describe facing two of the hardest players in the world to guard.
He made a mistake, but let’s not blow it out of proportion.