On the eve of Opening Night, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports detailed a report that the Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber had mistakenly written "hoodish" in an e-mail when he had meant "Yiddish".
Guber responded to the email by writing, "I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australian swahili and hoodish This year. But it's nice."
Couple things here: Why does Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment and also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, spell out phone as "fone"? And in this day and age of constant texting with about a million ways to spell different things does he still use spell-correct?
A bit of research also concludes that typing out Yiddish on one's phone leads to neither hoodish or anything even in the vicinity of what that word inherently implies.
We can normally chalk this up to an owner acting in a dumb and hey-he's-a-rich-white-dude-doing-rich-white-dude things and not think much of it. Except, with the Bruce Levenson and Donald Sterling debacles that's already permeated through the NBA in the last couple months. this only feeds to the fire of how owners are perceived in the mainstream.
I'm not really sure what to make of this beside the sad notion that Guber was probably making a joke between buddies, and forgetting that remaining professional, or politically and humanly correct, forgot to censor himself. It's not necessarily a racist term - though it can imply certain coded things, if used in context. In this situation, it's harmless enough on its own to probably rankle very few people. However, it is a little troubling that instead of owning up to what he said, he simply tried to deny with a rather ridiculous excuse.
All this is just annoying at this point. There's a discussion that is likely necessary here, but whatever needs to be said was fleshed out during the Donald Sterling events. For now, let's just hope what Peter Guber was really a momentary lack of judgement and an error instead of a chain of events that could lead to trouble.
(h/t oaktownbasketball for posting this as a fanshot first).