White NBA player Steven Adams apologises for calling opponents ‘quick little monkeys’

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An NBA player has apologised after describing the players of a rival team – predominantly black – as “quick little monkeys.”

Steven Adams, a 22-year-old New Zealander who plays for Oklahoma City Thunder, had made the comment during a court-side interview after of his team’s 108-102 Western Conference finals win over Golden State Warriors

The towering New Zealander described his comments in the immediate aftermath of Oklahoma City’s 108-102 as “a poor choice of words” for which he was truly sorry.

Adams had been asked by an ESPN reporter to comment on the difficulty the Thunder, a notably taller team, had faced in trying to contain the shorter and nimble Warriors offense.

“I don’t envy guards. They’re quick little monkeys, those guys,” Adams remarked.

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