OAKLAND – Add another incident to the NBA's recent pattern of insensitive expressions, this one coming off the fingers of Warriors co-owner Peter Guber.
In an email to Warriors employees on Monday, Guber said he planned to learn five languages upon discovering the team will have five international players on the roster. One of the languages listed was "hoodish," which is insensitive and easily could be construed as offensive.
Guber quickly issued a follow-up email expressing regret, saying he mistyped on his keyboard. The Jewish entertainment executive said he meant to type "Yiddish" into his phone and that he either mistyped or was victimized by the phones autocorrect feature.
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Warriors coach Steve Kerr, along with players Stephen Curry and David Lee, said they did not believe Guber meant to express anything offensive.
"I don't think it's a big deal," Kerr said. "But we’ll take him at his word and just move on."
Curry indicated that, based on his relationship with Guber, it was an "honest mistake," adding that he has read previous emails that appeared to have mistakes resulting from the "quirkiness" of Guber's typing.
"Hearing how his reaction to when he found out what exactly happened seemed genuine," Curry said. "(I) kind of got to assess the situation for his character and who he is, and that's kind of how I'm going about it.
"It's an unfortunate situation, obviously in light of things that have happened recently in sports in general, but (I) definitely just think it was an honest mistake of his, and hopefully he can recover from it."
Guber's gaffe clearly lacks the controversy of bigoted comments made by former Clippers owner Donald Sterling during the spring. Sterling was banned for life and forced to sell the team.
Hawks owner Bruce Levenson in June apologized for a racially charged email he sent to select team employees back in August 2012. Shortly after apologizing, Levenson announced his intention to sell his controlling interest.
Levenson's comments surfaced during an investigation into a "scouting report" by Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry in which the GM included a curiously stereotypical description of then-free agent forward Luol Deng.
The text of Guber's initial email stated that he was "taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian, Serbian, Australian, swahili and hoodish."
The five international players on the team's roster are Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Andrew Bogut (Australia), Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), Ognjen Kuzmic (Bosnia) and Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia).
Guber's ensuing email indicated he had been informed that he included the term "hoodish," and that he didn't even think that was a word. He added that "in any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly offended."
After contacting Guber, the NBA office issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
"We have spoken to Peter Guber about his email. 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."