Los Angeles Clippers player Montrezl Harrell appeared to have called Dallas Mavericks player Luka Doncic a "b**** a** white boy" during a playoff game on Friday night, as players, including Harrell, wore social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys:
The taunt happened after the two battled under the hoop during the previous play:
ESPN host Jay Williams posted a video in response, directly addressing Harrell [mild language warning]:
"I can only imagine if Luka Doncic had something like that to you, and it got caught on tape," Williams said. "I can only imagine during Black Lives Matter how much of a big deal that would have been, considering today's climate and state. It would have been a massive story. Luka would have lost all credibility in this space; everybody would have been commenting on it. People would have asked LeBron about it, people would have asked [another player] about it. Everybody would have had some kind of statement about it, but it's not that big of a story because Trez said it to a Caucasian person."
In addition to Williams' condemnation, Gary Sheffield Jr., son of black former MLB star Gary Sheffield, wrote a column [warning: language] for sports site Outkick calling for Montrez's suspension.
In the article, Sheffield said:
The solution here is simple, even if many won't like it: the NBA has to suspend Montrezl Harrell and send a message that race-based derogatory comments like his on the basketball court won't be tolerated. The NBA has already set this precedent with gay slurs on the court, why not with racial-based insults as well?
Montrezl Harrell's comments have already spawned a million "If the races were reversed" conversations on social media and there is no doubt that if Luka had referred to Montrezl Harrell as a "b**** a** black boy," that the social media condemnation would have rained down from the heavens on Luka. In fact, Luka would probably be suspended for the remainder of the season. He would be crushed, a social pariah in all of sports.
At publishing time, no action had been taken against Harrell.