XXL: What was your initial reaction?
Man, it just got worse and worse. I’m not surprised, because Baron Davis, a couple of people...you've seen the story about Elgin Baylor
. You've seen little stuff; he owns a lot of property in L.A., Donald Sterling, and you hear about the slumlord suits and how he treats people. It’s not a surprise. My issue is just actually hearing it. It’s a difference when you hear story about slavery, then you get to hear it yourself. It's the equivalent to a slave master, [hearing] how he used to treat his slaves, [then] you get to hear it from the horse's mouth. It's crazy, its real, it’s happening.
I would have not played [if I was a player]. Honestly, I feel that would have sent the message that needed to be sent. All African-Americans shouldn’t have played yesterday. I just feel like people don’t do anything until they are forced. Especially people of power, people of that class, they needed to be forced. If a player gets into a fight in a game on Monday, he’s suspended by Wednesday’s game. They didn’t even give this guy an indefinite suspension while they reviewed [the tape], they just asked him not to come to the game. Maybe that’s against protocol but the issue is very severe. Right now, the way I feel... Riley Cooper, that guy is getting just a suspension for the things that he said
, and DeSean Jackson allegedly
being a part of a gang—Riley Cooper gets an extension. They can still do us the same way. It’s really happening.
I would not record [if a label executive said that]; it’s no bueno. I’m not, like, pro-revolution. But as a man there are certain things you should stand for, [and] you have to take a stand. I don’t know what’s the regulation of the rules; I doubt it would be within regulation of the rules to take his team. We’re talking about different owners who are in an association together. I’m sure they all knew who he was before.