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Homesports'Woke' former NBA champ says Suns' gorilla mascot is racist

'Woke' former NBA champ says Suns' gorilla mascot is racist

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is suspended, and selling his team, after it was found he used racial slurs in conversation, but one NBA champion thinks his racism is much more overt.

Former Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom said that the Suns’ mascot, a gorilla, has racial connotations.

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Mascot Go the Gorilla of the Phoenix Suns takes a selfie with a fan during the Phoenix Suns open practice on October 1, 2022, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  

Mascot Go the Gorilla of the Phoenix Suns takes a selfie with a fan during the Phoenix Suns open practice on October 1, 2022, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  
(Barry Gossage / NBAE via Getty Images)

“The thing that’s funny is they kind of slid that one by for all these years,” Odom said on the “Bootleg Kev Podcast.” “Nobody says anything about that. Gorillas, in the desert, you can’t find any. You could probably find a cactus. 

“In basketball, bro, just like, come on, bro. But you know what’s so, really crazy about it? They just tried it because they wanted to get the fans involved, and that’s the reason why they kept it, ’cause the fans loved it.”

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Odom then noted that Arizona was the last state to formally recognize Martin Luther King Day as a federal holiday, which didn’t occur until 1992.

The two-time NBA champion described himself as a “woke, young Black man in America,” and he looks at things “totally different.”

“I’m surprised Chris Paul hasn’t said anything about it,” Odom added.

Paul was critical of Sarver and his punishment, saying that it “fell short.”

“I was and am horrified and disappointed by what I read. This conduct especially towards women is unacceptable and must never be repeated,” Paul tweeted back in September.

Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball upcourt during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on April 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball upcourt during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on April 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

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The mascot dates back to 1980, and has stuck ever since.

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