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ESPN's Shelburne apologizes after implying racism was behind Anthony Davis trade backlash

Amos Morale III
November 27, 2019 - 3:31 pm

ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne issued an apology Wednesday after saying that the backlash from New Orleans Pelicans fans surrounding the Anthony Davis trade was, in part, racially motivated. 

In a statement obtiained by Shelburne called her comments "inappropriately oversimplified."

The longtime NBA reporter earlier this week on the Mason & Ireland show said that racism was a factor the Pelicans fan base's frustration with Davis' desire to be traded from New Orleans.

"I think the idea that a black agent was telling, not asking, telling the team, ‘You should trade him,’ and he wasn’t gonna, that did not go over well in New Orleans. Especially with, I don’t want to say, ‘That fan base,’ but you’re down in the South, man. This was very charged. And I think that when things get ugly emotionally like that, it’s not just about what’s going on on the court. It’s not just about the moves being made,” Shelburne said on the show."

Davis, who was ultimately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, will play his first game in New Orleans since being moved tonight.



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