Clippers forward Sam Dekker found himself in hot water after tweeting he is “proud” of being white and defending the existence of white culture.
The statement came in response to a tweet by Dekker’s former college teammate, Bronson Koenig, who shared an article titled, “White People Have No Culture.”
Dekker was seemingly upset by Koenig’s post and tweeted in reply: “Don’t put it in my face that being a white guy is something I’m supposed to be ashamed of. I’m proud of who I am and so should you. But youre Native American and also white BK. This article speaks very many untruths about most of our ‘culture’ that we supposedly don’t have…”
The University of Wisconsin alum received heavy backlash for the post, and later deleted the tweet.
“I’m trying to enjoy myself out here and y’all are trying to spin the words ‘I’m proud of who I am and so should you’ into something bigger,” he said in a later post. “Go get a hobby or have a beer. I’m not gonna entertain all this nonsense. #LoveYall.”
After a Clippers fan said he was “kind of embarrassed” that he was on his team, Dekker shot back again, tweeting: “All I tried to say was to be proud of who you are. That’s it. No need to bring other people down. I don’t see the problem in it but you’re entitled to your opinion.”
Dekker averaged 4.2 points per game in his first season with the Clippers last year.
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