San Francisco (AFP) - Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was fined US$10,000 (S$14,153) on Monday for racially charged remarks deemed "inappropriate" by the NBA.
Iguodala incurred the league's wrath for comments made following the Warriors' 102-103 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves last Friday. When asked about a plan by coach Steve Kerr to rest Iguodala and other Warriors stars for Saturday's game against San Antonio, Iguodala replied: "Nope, no clue. I do what master say." He later used a notorious racial slur (n*****) when quizzed about the Warriors' loss to Minnesota.
NBA executive vice-president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement Iguodala had been fined for "making inappropriate comments during a post-game media interview".
Warriors coach Kerr later laughed off the remarks, telling reporters: "You guys just got Andre'd."
"Andre is one of those guys who likes to stir the pot and has a lot of cryptic messaging at times," Kerr added. "(He) jokes around. I didn't take anything from it. It's just Andre being Andre."
Iguodala scored eight points in 32 minutes after coming off the bench against the Timberwolves.
On Saturday, San Antonio routed the under-strength Warriors 107-85 without two of their biggest stars in forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Warriors (52-14) are on a three-game losing streak and have dropped four of their last six games.