by guest contributor Philip Arthur Moore, originally published at TheThink
The start of the NBA season is just around the corner, which means more opportunities for me to find news that’s either related to (1) black people, (2) black people and their white friends, or (3) racist fans.
On Thursday night Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo got into an altercation with a fan who allegedly yelled racist slurs at him, including the word “monkey”, during a preseason game against the Orlando Magic.
A video of the actual exchange wasn’t available on ESPN but we were able to see the actual fan who got kicked out of the building due to the slurs he yelled at Mutombo, who was born in the Congo.
On whether he would be fined for nearly going into the stands after the fan, Mutombo had these words:
I am not going to take that. He was insulting my race, my family, my integrity. For him to call me a monkey … that should not happen today.”
“If I get fined, I will go straight into the stands the next time.”
The saddest part about this entire thing is that the fan looked like a person of color. I could be wrong, but check the video out yourself.
My best friend, being the near perfect woman that she is, convinced me to join her in a salary cap fantasy basketball league this year. I’ve never done fantasy basketball (I’ve been too busy Crushing Ass in football), but it should give me good reason to watch NBA news more closely this year. I’m glad Mutombo stood up for himself. You’ve got to respect the man for that.
8 Words: Go Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques Wamutombo!!!