Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has responded to Montrezl Harrell’s apology for ‘white boy’ slur dished out to him in Game 3 of Clippers vs Mavericks.
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has revealed that he has moved past the Harrell controversy after the latter apologized for passing a racial slur in the previous game.
Harrell called Doncic a ‘b**** a** white boy’ in the first quarter while running back on defense in game 3. Doncic responded by saying ‘Stop flopping, big man’ when he accidentally tripped Harrell a couple of possessions later.
Montrezl Harrell apologized to Luka Doncic pregame for comments he made about Doncic in Game 3. pic.twitter.com/L9Ej5I3AmO
— ESPN (@espn) August 23, 2020
With the entire country protesting against racial inequality, every racial comment made in the bubble is bound to have massive consequences. The NBA Fraternity and some fans were questioning the fact that no real questions were raised over Harrell’s comments and how things would have been completely different if Doncic had dished out a ‘black guy’ slur against Harrell.
Luckily for Harrell, the Mavericks star accepted his apology and the duo moved on from the ugly spat.
Luka Doncic responds to Montrezl Harrell’s apology
Luka Doncic stated after his massive game 4 performance that he respected Harrell’s apology and is ready to move on from the controversy. The sophomore guard stated that he understands the emotions that run an individual while playing in the playoffs and hence accepts Harrell’s apology and is ready to let things go.
“It was OK. No worries. A lot of emotions on the court, especially with the playoffs. Sometimes you say things you don’t want to say. He apologized. I respect that. So no problems.”
It is great to see how maturely Doncic has handled this controversy. At just age 21, he is able to deal with the pressures of playing in the NBA on and off the court. And he has the heart to give the benefit of doubt to his rivals, even when it comes to a matter as sensitive as this.
Luka Doncic vs Clippers
Luka had a magnificent game 4 as he made a deep step-back three pointer at the buzzer to lead the Mavs home in overtime. The buzzer beater has been the talk of the town for the sheer brilliance of it, considering that the Mavericks had their backs against the wall all through the game.
The star played through an ankle injury which forced him out of game 3 and finished with stats of 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists tonight. The superstar has looked unfazed by the pressures of the playoffs so far.
The Mavericks have relied heavily on their all-star guard to topple the Clippers and so far, their offense have worked like a dream with Luka at the helm.
Although everyone expected the Clippers to roll over the Mavericks in the first round, Luka and co. have been better in the series so far. The series is nicely poised at 2-2 but it can be argued that if Porzingis wasn’t bizarrely ejected in the first game, the Mavericks might have taken a 3-1 lead in the series.