Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  35 responses

Did Drew Gooden Use a Homophobic Slur?

The Clippers fan who was allegedly victimized — actor Chris Wylde — says so, and the NBA is investigating the incident: “While the subject of an alleged homophobic slur by Drew Gooden continued to fan his own flames Tuesday, the Mavericks stayed silent, and the NBA opened a review of the situation, although it’s difficult to see any substantial penalty forthcoming from the incident. Clippers fan Chris Wylde said in a YouTube video he posted that he and a friend were in a hallway at Staples Center after Saturday’s game and that Gooden said to the people he was leaving the game with, ‘there’s that other [slur].’ Wylde added that ‘it wasn’t hateful, but it’s something that shouldn’t be said.”‘

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  • Chris

    yeah, umm no one cares…

  • Marijn


  • Yesse

    Who cares?Probably watching birdshit dropping is more interesting.I can’t believe people actually investigate this kind of stuff.

  • German Reignman

    everybody knows Drew said “theres that other Clipper fan” ….

  • onions baby onions

    haha…and ya no one cares at all

  • http://sfjdo.com Jukai

    Yeah, who cares about the gays, right? F em!

  • ngoiekafita

    @Jukai, hmmm, i rather not…

  • Randy Brown

    I looked up pics of Chris Wylde. Still no idea who he is

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Drew Gooden has done some “gay” things. I wish I could forget about the patch that infected the back of his skull, but it will never go away.

  • DallasJ

    ..Dirk made history last night and this is the Mavs article on slam today?? thumbs down

  • Da Hood


  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Don’t be a douche, Chris Wylde.

  • Tommy Patron

    We should all wear microphones all the time, that way the government could monitor every word we say and penalize us accordingly. That would be perfect. Everyone would be happy then.

  • rog123

    So if someone uses gay slurs they have to be punished to the full extent of the law? Some people are WAAAAAYYYYYYYY to sensitive

  • Samcobilibob

    Political correctness at its worst.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What do you think should be the punishment for Gooden if he did say this?

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Life in prison?

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    If you were an executive in a business and you heard one of your employees was calling one of your customers a “F*G” you wouldn’t mind?

  • NUPE

    If he said it (whatever ‘it’ is), my guess he’ll get a warning or a fine. I would support a zero tolerance policy for this type of thing, but I’ve also heard players use the ‘N’ word. So if any penalty is given, should be consistent for other types of language/slurs as well.

  • Sploff

    ..if he was..who´d care?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What does zero tolerance mean?
    Should the void his contract? Suspend him?
    What about if he told another player he shot the ball like a “f*ggot?” Would that still merit a fine?
    I can understand the anger, but what we have here is an unsubstantiated accusation about a comment made by a player to a fan. We have no other context for the comment (which personally I think probably as said.)
    I doubt the NBA does anything serious about this.

  • Tmw

    i looked up chris wylde and he was on some show called ‘Heckle U’

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.net donlaker

    o.k , dude your a straight….what is the difference
    i just call stupid people (quags , like quagmire,
    what does rudy gay say…..lol im sure growing up he had to deal with his name… plus drew was thinking about the patron(tequila) he was drinking later after the game.. and his homie couldnt pitch in….
    so he called him a f*g, garden tool…. lol

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    I hope they both get punished.

  • that dude

    f**k off chris wylde

  • tavoris

    unless they have audio, no action will happen. It’s not like anybody in Texas gives a crap anyway.

  • Remo Williams

    ^^^Izzo… i think chris wylde is already being punished…. he’s a clippers fan.

  • http://fjklf.com Jukai

    Allen: Probably no punishment is deserved, since he said it in passing to no one in particular, and there’s no proof at all he said a homosexual slur. It’s entirely possible that Chris Wylde misheard Gooden. This isn’t a Jason Williams incident where he’s shouting it infront of one hundred shocked fans.
    But I think some outrage is deserved. Saying “who cares” is ridiculous. I’m sure people care.
    What if it was JJ Reddick and Gortat walking along with each other and JJ said “there’s that other n***” infront of some black fans? You think anybody would say “this is not news, boring”

  • chintao

    “Drew Gooden continued to fan his own flames….” Beauty.

  • Marcos Zapater

    Uh! I’m a sensitive f@g…

    Grow a pair! Just coz’ you’re gay that doesn’t mean you can’t act like a man. Please, be gay just inside your bedroom, and stop being such a sensitive pain in the ass.

  • NUPE

    Allen: Zero tolerance would mean that any infraction, however light, will be grounds for some form of disciplinary action. The punishment should fit the crime and due process must be inforced as well. So IF the L can substantiate he said it, then a warning/fine (e.g. $5,000) could be imposed. If he has a second infraction then a larger penalty. If a statement is made as a deliberate attack against a group (this is not the case here), then a ‘maximum penalty’ could be inforced which could justify a suspension. Like any kind of situation, context and the ‘moment’ should be considered, but I don’t think the L can just say it’s o.k. to say in some situations but not o.k. in others. Most of us could never call somone a ______ at work and not expect some kind on penalty, especially if said in anger.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nupe and Jukai
    Thanks for the response.
    Jukai some people don’t care no matter what. You’ve been on this site long enough to know that quite often issues involving race are dismissed by most commenters. To assume that if it was a racial thing people would comment differently isn’t really based in fact and if you want proof, just check out the story on Rick Kamla.
    I can see your point. But, would it apply to players talking among themselves on the court, or just with interactions with fans?

  • NUPE

    Allen, If I were Stern, I wouldn’t want the players (talking among themselves or not) using certain ‘slurs’. It’s too easy for a microphone to pick it up or for fans to hear. The NBA is a business and it certainly can’t help business if players, officials, GM’s, owners etc. are caught using ‘offensive’ language. However I understand it’s a slippery slope and most player know how to police themselves from not saying certain things. But when it’s raised as an issue, like with Gooden, what is the commish suppose to do? If he ignores it, that sends the message it’s o.k. If he reacts too harshly, the punishment may make it more of an issue than what the actual offense was. There is a delicate balance to maintain and I won’t claim to have the answer.

  • Da Hood

    Ummm…it’s called free speech, i believe its an amendment. People are just too sensitive.

  • http://fjklf.com Jukai

    Allen: I’m in disagreement, I’m going through the Kamla story and I see a LOT more people who care about Rick Kamla saying an chinese slur than I see people caring about a homosexual slur.
    I mean, considering only three people cared on this thread