‘Quick little monkeys’: NBA’s Steven Adams apologizes for remarks about Golden State Warriors
Oklahoma City Thunder player Adams made the remarks in a post-match interview following his team’s victory over the Warriors in the first game of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Monday.
Steven Adams chooses the wrong words to describe the Warriors' guards. "They're quick little monkeys," he says. pic.twitter.com/ss5DbHilqD— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 17, 2016
Adams, 22, apologized for his “poor choice of words” in describing the opposition, saying: “I wasn't thinking straight. I didn't know it was going to upset anyone,” USA Today reported.
The New Zealander moved to the US in 2012, and put the comments down to cultural differences: “It’s just different, mate. Different words, different expressions, and stuff like that,” he said.
“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.”
Some on social media reacted with acceptance of perceived cultural differences being behind the remarks.
Steven Adams is from New Zealand, not America. I'd like to think he didn't mean harm by calling Warriors, "Quick little monkeys."— Maxwell Ogden (@MaxwellOgden) May 17, 2016
Awkward end to Steven Adams interview. Called Warriors guards "quick little monkeys". Innocent but interviewer seemed to baulk #OKCvGSW— Simon McLoughlin (@simmomac) May 17, 2016
Others, however, expected a media backlash as a result of the comments.
Steven Adams called the Warriors fast little monkeys... The media will explode in...5...4....3....2....1— Cornell Gunter (@EACornellGunter) May 17, 2016
Adams, who plays as center, scored 16 points in his team’s 108-102 win over the much-fancied Warriors, who set a regular season record of 73 wins on their way to the playoffs.
The second game of the Western Conference finals takes place on Thursday at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.