Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  65 responses

Rick Kamla is Sorry

The NBA TV analyst used a racially insensitive term as he narrated highlights of the New Jersey Nets, and offered the requisite apology afterwards: “In his NBA.com video recap of last Friday’s Magic-Nets game, NBA TV analyst Rick Kamla made the unfortunate mistake of referring to New Jersey forward Yi Jianlian as a ‘Chinaman.’ Turner Sports spokesman Jeff Pomeroy said Kamla was not aware of the connotations of the word, and meant nothing malicious or offensive by it.”

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  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    No big deal, I’m sure he didn’t mean anything by it anyway. Not that “Chinaman” is a relevant or particularly horrific insult.

  • Flight

    This guy rules

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Some would say that Bill Walton could work it into some commentary and we’d be none-the-wiser. But thats not for here/

  • Czar Ruke

    A Chinaman, aka a man from China. I’m sure he’s not loosing sleep over this one.

  • http://www.ineedabluefont.com Hisham

    haha i heard him say it and thought to myself, do people even say chinaman anymore? that is such an imperial term, but sounded funny to! but does that make it racially offensive? i had no idea…

  • http://www.ineedabluefont.com Hisham

    funny to *me

  • mike

    rick kamla is probably the worst analyst i’ve ever heard – blows my mind how he is all over NBA TV – his combination of awful nicknames and cliches makes me sick

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    “What the fuck are you talking about? The chinaman is not the issue here, Dude. I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line, you DO NOT… Also, Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.”

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    What the f-k are you talking about? The chinaman is not the issue here, Dude. I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line, you DO NOT… Also, Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

  • http://www.basketball247.co.uk Greg Tanner

    What the hell? Who cares?!

    Yesterday we had the alleged gay slur, today this.

    This really doesn’t matter.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Kamla was not aware of the connotations of the word? Really? / It is a big deal to me, defining people by race/nationality is whack and becoming increasingly irrelevant. Dudley saying that Nash was the best white boy in the L was also stupid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Co-sign Mike. Kamla is a knob!!

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

    I can do a better job then Kamla. They need to replace him, like yesterday.

  • CDub23KB24

    Really Z?It is a big deal to you? How sensitive are you little butterfly. I just don’t get it. Pull the vag off your crotch. Damn man. Why is everyone such a little b*tch these days. Grow up. Is Englishman offensive. I’m pissed that you dorks are pissed. Unbelievable. PC BS.

  • tavoris

    hasn’t he been calling Yao “Chinaman” for years?

  • tavoris

    Cdub, in case you didn’t know-that word is the equivalent of the N-word.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    whats that other tag line he is always smearing throughout his commentary…something plus the ‘harm??? utter cr@pola.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I thought he was sorry for sucking.

  • wassup

    Yeah i agree with CDub anybody who actually gets offended by that has to chill out and man up.

  • tavoris

    anybody who doesn’t understand why the word is offensive needs to google it.

  • VasFinest

    how in the world does nbatv think that kamla is good for tv? they get rid GP but give kamla increased airtime? i dont get it…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Quite the E-gangster, CDub. The fact that you compared Chinaman with Englishman tells me everything I need to know about your knowledge of history(or lack thereof).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I missed this. I like Kamla, but he effed up here. Sometimes he’s trying a little to hard. He reminds me of one of those guys selling you stuff on infomercials.

  • Ken

    LOL@AlbertBarr. Beautiful reference.

  • Garett

    I saw Kamla lead to the next segment where he’d talk with McHale, Barkely, and Kenny Smith. He said 4 four great basketball minds, and Barkley and Kenny busted his ass. Thing is, Kamla never really backtracked – does he think because being an NBA fantasy host makes him an expert? He may know more about Anthony Randolph and other “sleeper” picks, but he knows next to nothing to the other guys about ball. Learn from EJ and know your role (quoteth the Rock)

  • ha

    good because kamla is terrible at what he does.

  • doom

    I dunno. I really like Kamla, I think he is a very versatile host who is able to work with many different people and always keep the show on track. I think he’s great at that

  • aarons

    lol agreed with anyone who thinks kamla is a tool.. he’s enthusiastic and all but gets annoying quick speaking like he’s “cool” with all the players.. really he’s a nobody though

  • Samcobilibob

    Let’s see…. He’s from China, and, he’s a man…. What else do you call him? Just call us all “tall basketball players” in order to stay “politically correct”… or is “tall” discriminitive? :(

  • Samcobilibob

    Kamla IS pretty cool.

  • tavoris

    @ Samcobilibob – it’s the Chinese equivalent of the N-word. He shoulda tried to come with a different “zinger” than this.

  • http://nike.jp/basketball/bg/home.html asmaticasiatic2

    Everytime I play ball in the hood or some random courty I’ve been called “bruce lee” “Jackie Chan” , “yao ming (I’m 5’10″) and even “michael Chang” …guess some type of racism will continue no matter what…on the flip side on halloween some sista’s said I looked like “mario lopez” and after a few drinks it turned into a great night…goes both ways…

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

    How are his Wolves doing?

  • http://dfinney0415@yahoo.com KR

    I hardly comment here, but to compare the “n-word” to “Chinaman” is absurd.

    He definitely should’ve issued an apology, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

    There’s another c-word that would be far more offensive that he could’ve said that would probably be on par with the “n-word”…

  • CDub23KB24

    Guys, guys, your missing the point. Don’t let it be offensive to you. He obviously was saying it as a descriptive term. Not as a racially motivated slur. Yes we have to be careful. No it is not equivelant to the N word because the N word is not the country of origin mixed with man lol. Just like Jared Dudley was saying when he called Steve nash the best white boy in the league. It wasn’t a racially motivated slur he said. He was saying the only other better players are some black guys. Not offensive if you don’t let it be is what i’m saying fellas. We need to start being able to look through to the persons words and into who they are. You think Rick is a racist? I think not. The 2nd whitest guy on the Tele(Conan) is a commentator on a sports league comprimised mostly of black players. Just chill. He apologized as he should have and moved on.

  • tavoris

    CDub…I’m not Asian, so I don’t take offense to it. However, I’d b foolish(and hypocritical)-as a African American man-to be insensitive to someone else being offended. Beleive it or not, a lot of people have used the N word without any racist intention. Does that make it okay? Of course it isn’t.

    The burden of responsibility is much higher for someone on TV-especially a self-professed “premier basketball mind”. He has fans, and little kids aspiring to be on TV just because he appears cool.

  • Tommy Patron

    This guy started as a fantasy basketball analyst, first of all. Also, he just recently stopped wearing dark colored crewneck shirts under his dress shirt with no tie. This guy is several steps below most local sideline reporters.

  • NUPE

    Simple truth is he messed-up by saying this. It may not offend everybody, but I’m sure there is a good percentage of the 1 billion people in China, Chinese Americans, and other ‘culturally awere’ individuals that do take some level of offense to this. I do believe that he wasn’t aware that it’s an offensive term and I accept that he is sorry for using it. So, now that he’s informed (and apparently other’s on this board are now informed as well), let’s just move on. Nobody (that I’ve heard) is saying that he should be fired for his mistake and I’m not aware of anybody ‘over-reacting’ to this. To be aware that a word is offensive, doesn’t mean someone is ‘sensitive’ or needs to ‘man up’, just means they are ‘informed’.

  • CDub23KB24

    If he had said “the useless tall chinaman on the Nets” yes thats offensive. If he said “Yi Jianlian the tall chinaman on the NJ Nets” No thats not offensive. There are no negative condontations with that. I really want everyone to start developing a thicker more intelligent crust and a less assumptious reaction to simple words. We need to stop that as a culture.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Albertbarr for the win! Yes the word has historically been negative, but kamla just meant it as a man from china, most ppl are so brazenly pc these days gettn their panties in a bunch over bs like this, but ask em bout corporate bailouts, no bid cost plus contracts, war profiteering, rigged elections, etc n they bitch up, grow a pair n get angry bout somn that counts

  • B-more Mike

    Kamla is a$$!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s amazing how many of y’all walk around identifying people by their country of origin.
    At least that’s what I gathered from all the comments along the lines of “Well, that’s what he is!”
    Some folks just prefer being blind.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The next person who calls me an American is getting punched in the face. Two times!

  • NUPE

    CDub, you’re kidding right? It’s an offensive word in any context. Maybe you don’t know the history of the word or understand the difference between a denotation and a conotation. So, you should take some time and look it up. Just using the N-word as an example. Not everyone is offended by it when used, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an offensive word. If Kamla would describe D. Howard as a “really tall and talented N-word” would that be offensive then, although he used the word in a ‘positive’ sentence?

  • mike

    Who cares what he said let’s just all continue bashing what a terrible broadcaster he is

  • moffo

    ok i dont see the problem Yi or jianlian or whatever knows that he chinese so suck it

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    The spanish national team bribed him to do it.

  • CDub23KB24

    You guys are right we do need to be really concerned about the small insignificant slip ups and make sure everyone is completely PC in all they do. We should try and be perfect zombies. Bad Rick Kamla! Shame on you! Bad Bad Rick. Tsk Tsk. What a jerk. I’m not going to watch NBATV anymore. Ignorant Racists on that channel.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    For the record, I was in total agreement with the headline until I realized it meant something else.

  • Phil L

    Yeah, it’s not nearly as bad as the n-word, but it’s probably on par with “Negro”. The slur that would be the equivalent of the n-word would be “chink” or “slope”. And to the guy above who said the term should be “Asian-American”…it should not, because Yi is not American.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    The correct term is Oriental.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    as a chinese person myself, i didn’t even know “chinaman” is a derogatory term. i bet most chinese don’t either. i read up on the history of the term, and with that knowledge, am i offended by this term? no not really.
    btw, where’s AlbertBarr’s quote from?

  • Yoda

    I like how when it something does’nt offend them, they can’t understand why its offensive , and dismisses it as being overstated. But it was to some, he apologized , props to him, just dont do it again “Americaman”

  • Rusty

    Dude should be sorry for ever stepping in front of a camera

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    when people don’t have any arguments to offer, they just ridicule what others are saying by exaggerating it and taking it out of context. nobody said that kamla is racist but what he said was. this has nothing to do with being zombies or too pc. chinaman is a derogatory term and it’s not how a tv dude should refer to a a chinese player. all that other stuff is noise.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    albie, you have never heard of “the big lebowski”?
    all the dude wanted was his carpet

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Z.
    I noticed it the other day when I was watching the highlights of the Nets game, and I just thought “What?” Although I am pretty sure Kamla is not a racist, that was not right and its good that he apologized for it.
    @ CDUB: You’re a freaking idiot if you think its understated that he apologize. The word “Ch*naman” has historical connotations that are the same as calling a black man “n*gro.” But you’re just an ignorant, blabbering idiot who doesn’t know how to use sarcasm without making yourself look like an ignorant, blabbering idiot.
    Maybe you should go back to history class, jack@ss.
    @ albie: How can you not have known? Guys like you need to shut up and stop acting like it’s okay, when its not. I’m not that offended by Kamla’s remarks because I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean them but the way you’re going about it is completely wrong.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Tarzan’s link confirms that he is a redneck.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Tarzan’s link makes him look like a redneck.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s great to have Russ back on the comment trail.

  • WillIAm

    I totally agree with tavoris. It’s pathetic how people leave comments here without even knowing what chinaman really means. PLEASE google it! It’s just like the N-word.

  • Ga

    This redneck needs to be fired!!!

  • mykalroze

    I agree that all the people here with the same, ignorant justifications in defense of this Kamla guy go and study the history behind the C word and they’ll see it is indeed just as bad as the N word.

    Would they also respond the same way if Kamla casually referred to a Black player as an N word?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    teddy double posting makes him look like a tard. my link? for the eighty ninth time, its educational, go to it and look around, simpleton.

  • chintao

    On Teddy’s recoomendation, I peeped Tarzan’s site. The only thing that offended me was the idea of Onsen eggs. They don’t bathe with the eggs, do they? Anyway, on the issue at hand, I’d have to co-sign Phil L.