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Raptors general manager uses profanity about Nets

Raptors GM Yells Expletive

TORONTO (AP) -- Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.

Several hundred fans gathered outside the downtown arena for a party and to watch the game on a huge screen above the west entrance.

Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, apologized in a brief news conference at halftime, saying he'd made the "wrong choice of words" and was "just trying to get our fans going."

Asked if the profanity represented his feelings about the Nets, who have been accused of tanking in order to face Toronto in the first round, Ujiri said: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he had no problem with Ujiri's colorful language.

"It doesn't offend me whatsoever," Casey said after the Nets won 94-87 in Game 1. "That's Masai. That's why our team plays like that. He's a fiery guy. That should represent how we feel."

Toronto guard Kyle Lowry echoed his coach's sentiments.

"(Ujiri) is a very passionate guy," Lowry said. "He believes in what we have and what we're doing."

Nets coach Jason Kidd, meanwhile, claimed not to have heard about either the controversial comments or Ujiri.

"I don't even know who the GM is," Kidd said.

Ujiri's remarks weren't the only dig aimed Brooklyn's way. The front page of Saturday's Toronto Sun billed the first-round series as "Raptors vs. Dinosaurs," in reference to the ages of Brooklyn stars Paul Pierce, 36, and Kevin Garnett, 37.

"It's all good," Garnett said. "It's motivation."

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phyllis April 20 2014 at 7:29 AM

Start the fighting of each other (Can/USA) thats what the enemies want.

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debnaert April 20 2014 at 10:32 AM

You can take the trash out of the ghetto but you can't take the TRASH out of their minds and mouth.

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kubi490 April 20 2014 at 10:27 AM

notice "these big wigs" always apologize after the fact especially when they when not so well received by the public

ujiri, casey,kidd all birds of the same feather and grown irresponsible men making a ton of money
off the players backs and lying while they do it and rabid fans paying millions of $'s to see bs and then fighting among themselves in the stands

grown men with an agenda.....playing little kid sports

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skinnycat April 20 2014 at 3:54 PM

This, to me is just spreading more hatred. We truly do not need more of that in sports.
That is when sports no longer become enjoyable. What next? Feeding the losers to the lions?

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S321Saint skinnycat April 20 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yet more overwhining over basically nothing. Society has gotten way too sensitive. Disagree with what he said, but then ok..move on. Act like adults. But no..like two year olds, they get on their twitter feeds and whine and cry about an executive who used a curse word...oh my! But hey keep pornography legal in libraries with no filters allowed, because hey an adult MIGHT use the internet. pathetic.

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nmpl4 April 20 2014 at 7:37 AM

Oh....The NBA Playoffs started?

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bentbouy1 April 20 2014 at 7:47 AM

Does anyone have a brain filter anymore. From politicains to sports peole say anything that comes in their head and so stupid.

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scottee April 20 2014 at 7:51 AM

everything is about content of character. that's the only thing that matters.

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r13659640 April 20 2014 at 10:23 AM

Who cares???

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GUNSLINGER April 20 2014 at 7:59 AM

You can take the GM out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the GM!!!!

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tiredofshadyobama April 20 2014 at 4:41 PM


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