We may need to just ban NBA owners from using email at this point.
Earlier this summer, a member of the Hawks ownership group told on himself for using offensive language in a 2012 email, which resulted in him selling his stake in the team.
Now, we have Warriors co-owner Peter Guber in a similar situation, although this one doesn’t appear to be nearly as troublesome on the surface.
Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber expressed regret to team employees late Monday for listing “hoodish” as a language he planned to learn in reply to an email commending the franchise for having five international players on this season’s roster. Guber said he meant to type “Yiddish,” and did not realize his mistake until it was pointed out to him by a Warriors official. …
Guber’s email, which was sent from his phone and obtained by Yahoo Sports, came after the NBA announced in a news release earlier Monday that the league’s 30 teams will have a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories on opening-night rosters for the upcoming season. …
Guber responded to the email by writing, “I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australian swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice.” …
“Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word ‘hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use,” Guber wrote in the email. “I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone [sic] autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly [sic] offended.”
A couple of thoughts here.
This does seem unintentional, because especially in light of what transpired with the Hawks, no one (we think) would be stupid enough to make an attempt at humor that could be construed as racially insensitive over an email to a large group of employees. And, the letters ‘h’ and ‘o’ are right next to the ones he claimed he was trying to type in the word Yiddish in ‘y’ and ‘i’, respectively.
But, the “regret” email that followed appears to be trying a little too hard to hammer that point home — seriously, no one spells the word phone that way, and there’s no autocorrect in the world (even if he was dictating via voice) that would change it to read like that.
Again, this seems like a regretful but unintentional mistake. Unless there’s a history of remarks like this from Guber, let’s leave it at that for now.