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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:52 pm
I know this isn't the forum to put it in, but because no one visits the News Articles forum then I decided to put it hear. Now I'm not picking on any sort of Jazz fan, I'm just suprised to hear this.

Players shocked after 'racial slurs'
Jackson, Richardson believe Jazz fans went too far with insults
Geoff Lepper, MEDIANEWS STAFF
Article Last Updated: 05/11/2007 10:32:45 AM PDT

OAKLAND — At times during the first two games of the Warriors' Western Conference semifinal with the Utah Jazz, the sound generated by the home crowd at EnergySolutions Arena has reached ear-ringing levels.
But even that much noise didn't keep Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson from hearing some ugly language come through loud and clear from the sold-out stands.

Jackson and Richardson both said Thursday that they had been subjected to racial slurs from the predominantly white crowd of 19,911 during Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Neither player would repeat what specific insults were used, but Jackson said they included a six-letter word.

"That was something new," Richardson said. "It shocked all of us. We weren't expecting that. I mean, (Jazz fans) were trying to get into our heads any way they can, but I couldn't believe anybody would stoop that low. It's nonsense."

No Warriors mentioned any such problems after the game on Wednesday. The topic came out only when Jackson was asked Thursday about the difference between playing at Oracle Arena versus Salt Lake City.

"Well, we're not hearing racial slurs, we're not hearing people wishing for me to go to jail," Jackson said. "That's the difference for me. I'm loved here in Oakland. I'm John Gotti in Utah."

Jackson, who spoke calmly about the topic, took the brunt of the fans' ire as the Warriors' lightning rod.

"I heard all kinds of stuff the second game, which is good because I know I've got fans," Jackson said. "They're paying my salary, so it's cool. I just thought people would carry themselves in a better way. They always worry about how we're going to act towards fans, but they never consider what we've got to sit there and take. Which is cool. I mean, I don't mind taking it. But at the same time, it gets aggravating, to the point where you want to do something about it, but you can't."
To Warriors president Robert Rowell, such language could hardly be considered "cool."

"We will certainly look into their comments," Rowell said in an e-mail. "For what I observed, the fans in Utah are well-behaved and passionate. There is no place for inappropriate fan conduct in the playoffs."

A Jazz spokeswoman reached Thursday said that the team hadn't heard anything about any abusive language prior to a reporter's call.


Also this...

Warriors Players Heard 'Racial Slurs' From Jazz Fans
Posted May 11th 2007 1:42PM by Brett Edwards
Filed under: Warriors, Western, NBA Fans, NBA Gossip, NBA Playoffs, Jazz, Breaking News

The series between the Warriors and Jazz has been nothing but feel-good stories so far, but unfortunately some fans in Utah had to go and ruin that for us. According to Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson, Jazz fans crossed the line and subjected both of them to "racial slurs" during Utah's Game 2 victory. Jackson mentioned this when he was asked about the difference between playing in Utah and playing at Oracle Arena:

"Well, we're not hearing racial slurs, we're not hearing people wishing for me to go to jail," Jackson said. "That's the difference for me. I'm loved here in Oakland. I'm John Gotti in Utah."
Jason Richardson confirmed the fact that Jazz fans went to the race card when they were yelling at the Warriors' players:

"That was something new," Richardson said. "It shocked all of us. We weren't expecting that. I mean, (Jazz fans) were trying to get into our heads any way they can, but I couldn't believe anybody would stoop that low. It's nonsense."
While it's not exactly shocking that a couple of idiots in a predominantly white crowd would do something like this, it's certainly disappointing. The Warriors' fans have made themselves a story in these playoffs by passionately supporting their team, and basically willing them to victory at home. It's too bad that the fans in Utah found an uglier way to get themselves into the spotlight.


Whether or not this is true, this got into the media. And players are saying something about it. But those are not fans. I know the difference between a REAL Jazz fan and the ones rumored above. Real Jazz fans show class, root for their team. The others... must I say? I hope to God this isn't true.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:56 pm
Moved to news articles section xbay. That's where it belongs. Sure the posters go there but just can't be stuffed writing but might to this thread
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I understand. I was originally going to post it here because I wouldn't want controversary starting up between current Jazz fans on this board and the Warrior board members. Btw, it doesn't matter now because if this is true, I think Jrich had a response to all those racial slurs. :wink:
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With the usual disclaimers that yes, there are liberals, gays, Jews, blacks, AcLU-types,etc, etc living in Utah, this is sadly, not shocking. The state is 94% white, 1% black, gave Bush his largest margin of victory in 2004 (71-26%) and the predominant religion did not even accept Blacks as elders or allow them to run services until 1978, so it is not shocking that this would come from the stands. We have already seen 2 Utah posters use loathsome racial slurs on this board, so while I am sure the large majority of Utah fans would abhor such behavior, it shouldn't come as a shock that something we would find inconceivable at oracle could happen in SLC in 2007. I would hope Stern would address this like he did the dude he called Mutombo a "monkey" down in Miami.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:54 am
That's nothing. You should hear the kind of slurs that happen during a soccer game each weekend in Europe or South America...


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TMC wrote:That's nothing. You should hear the kind of slurs that happen during a soccer game each weekend in Europe or South America...


btw, nice sig, migya.



Thanks buddy.

I was in Portugal the first time I went there some 19 years ago and I remember going to a division 2 game just outside of Lisbon and there was a group of about 4 guys in the crowd that kept yelling out racial slurs at the two black guys on one of the teams. There definately is alot of that stuff, always has been but noone really pays or did pay much attention to that over there
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migya wrote:I was in Portugal the first time I went there some 19 years ago and I remember going to a division 2 game just outside of Lisbon and there was a group of about 4 guys in the crowd that kept yelling out racial slurs at the two black guys on one of the teams. There definately is alot of that stuff, always has been but noone really pays or did pay much attention to that over there


Things have changed a lot, then. Now you're lucky if you find a group of 4 guys NOT yelling insults at the players or the refs. :wink:
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migya wrote:I was in Portugal the first time I went there some 19 years ago and I remember going to a division 2 game just outside of Lisbon and there was a group of about 4 guys in the crowd that kept yelling out racial slurs at the two black guys on one of the teams. There definately is alot of that stuff, always has been but noone really pays or did pay much attention to that over there


Things have changed a lot, then. Now you're lucky if you find a group of 4 guys NOT yelling insults at the players or the refs. :wink:



That happened as well, obviously, as everyone gets into the name calling and screaming of abuse, a heck of an experience actually that I enjoyed in the small doses I had, was very funny
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 8:24 am
My opinion is the same as everyone else's:

Sad, but, unfortunately, I half-expect something like this from Utah. Way to play right into a stereotype, morons. :roll:
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