OAKLAND — The NBA has no plans to take further action after speaking with Warriors co-owner Peter Guber about the circumstances of an email he sent to team employees that used “hoodish.”
“We don’t have any reason to believe that Peter intended to use inappropriate language in his correspondence and have no plans for any further action,” league spokesman Mike Bass said Tuesday.
The Warriors confirmed the authenticity of Guber’s response to an email from vice president of communications Raymond Ridder, who had celebrated the fact that a third of the team’s roster to begin the season – Andrew Bogut, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli, Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Nedovic – consisted of international players.
“I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australian swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice,” Guber wrote Monday in the response obtained by Yahoo Sports.
Guber, who is Jewish, later explained that he meant to type “Yiddish” in his phone rather than “hoodish.”
The Warriors on the eve of their season opener at Sacramento threw their support behind Guber, who was part of an ownership group to purchase the team in 2010.
“I know him personally and talk to him, and it doesn’t sound like something he would say,” guard Stephen Curry said. “I know that to me it sounds like an honest mistake. I’ve read a couple emails from him, and he has a little quirkiness about how he types and that kind of deal.
“Hearing how his reaction to when he found out what exactly happened seemed genuine.”
Wrote Guber in a follow-up email: “Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word ‘hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use,” Guber wrote. “I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly offended.”
The emails from Guber came after Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced last month he would sell his controlling interest in the team and apologized for focusing on race in an August 2012 email.
The NBA also banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in April after a recorded comments surfaced of him asking a friend not to bring black people to games. The Clippers, who were playing in a first-round playoff series against the Warriors at the time, were eventually sold.
“I believe Peter when he says it was a typo,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I’ve known him for several years. I make typos all the time on my phone. I’m going to take him at his word. I don’t think there was anything malicious by any means. I don’t think it’s a big deal.”