SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Matt Barnes, former Golden State Warriors star and current Clippers forward, told reporters on Friday that the N-word has become commonplace in today’s culture and is okay to use in context.
According to an ESPN report, Barnes told reporters, “The word I used is a word that’s used on the court, used in the locker room, used amongst my friends and family; it’s a regular word to me.”
“I think my mistake was using it in a social manner, which I regret and I apologize for it. But you guys have to get used to it,” said Barnes.
Barnes was fined $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection and using inappropriate language, including the N-word, on his Twitter account during the game following his ejection of a Nov. 13 game against Oklahoma City.
“This is a new day and age, and for my generation, that’s a very common word,” said Barnes. “You hear it on the radio, you hear it in movies, you hear it on TV. It is what it is. It was never intended for any person on the team.”
“I think the way it’s said makes people cringe,” said Barnes. “I think if you put an -er at the end, that makes people cringe, but if there’s an -a at the end, that’s like people saying ‘bro.’
“That’s just how we address people now. That’s how we address our friends. That’s how we talk. That’s how my wife talks. That’s how my family talks. People talk that way now. I think if you put the -er on it, it’s offensive, and if you have an -a on it, it’s more slang,” said Barnes.
On Thursday, Barnes wrote an apology to his teammates, coaches and the Clippers organization for his comments on his Twitter account.
“I’d like to take a second to apologize,” said Barnes. “Now I could have took the easy way out & said, ‘My twitter was hacked’ But that’s not what I’m about, I except full responsibility for all my inappropriate action last night & I am truly sorry!”
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