We can’t hear it in the clip, but the (unofficial) NBA Central account accuses LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell of calling Slovenian Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic a “bitch ass white boy” after a confrontation on the court Friday night. The tweet has racked up more than 8,000 likes and the video has been watched 1.4 million times.

Gary Sheffield, Jr. writes in Outkick that Harrell ought to be suspended to demonstrate that all race-based insults are prohibited:

The solution here is simple, even if many won’t like it: the NBA has to suspend Montrezl Harrell and send a message that race-based derogatory comments like his on the basketball court won’t be tolerated. The NBA has already set this precedent with gay slurs on the court, why not with racial-based insults as well?

Montrezl Harrell’s comments have already spawned a million “If the races were reversed” conversations on social media and there is no doubt that if Luka had referred to Montrezl Harrell as a “bitch ass black boy,” that the social media condemnation would have rained down from the heavens on Luka. In fact, Luka would probably be suspended for the remainder of the season. He would be crushed, a social pariah in all of sports.

Those million “if the roles were reversed” conversations all have a point, although if this controversy were to truly blow up in the media, we’d have hot takes from our anti-racist authors and diversity trainers explaining that Doncic needed to look inside his own white fragility and understand where Harrell was coming from.

Of course, the whole thing allegedly happened on a basketball court with Black Lives Matters painted on it in giant letters.

We’ll be curious to hear what ESPN has to say when it weighs in.

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