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NBA 2020: Andre Iguodala slammed for Aerial Powers Twitter compliment

Courier Mail 2020-07-30 12:23:00

NBA star Andre Iguodala thought it was a simple compliment. The Twittersphere thought it was something else entirely.

The Miami guard on Wednesday (AEST) found himself at the centre of a social media storm when his tweet about Washington Mystics WNBA star Aerial Powers was accused of being trivial and in poor taste.

The former NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors was obviously enjoying seeing Powers in action as her Mystics downed the Connecticut Sun 94-89.

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When he took to Twitter to compliment Powers on her team-high 27-points, his mistake was failing to mention Powers by name.

“Number 23 from the mystics is nice,” he posted.

Despite the flattery, Powers was not impressed when she saw the message.

media_cameraIggy gettin’ jiggy.

“Put some respect on my name or keep this tweet to yourself,” Powers posted on Twitter.

“We deal with disrespect on the daily so for someone like you @andre to tweet that off the same device u could have looked me up on is unacceptable.

“Mind you commentator said my name. Would it have been the same if I was a guy? Look at the pic. I didn’t forget. I SAID WHAT I SAID.”

Powers also included a screenshot of an incorrect media report which accused Iguodala of previously saying he didn’t want his daughter London to play in the WNBA because he feared her becoming a lesbian.

He eventually clarified the comments by saying he personally knew several gay players in WNBA and didn’t want his daughter to experience “the same struggles” that lesbian basketballers endure in the WNBA.

media_cameraAerial Powers was a nightmare for the Sun.

After Powers’ tweets sparked a firestorm of accusations across the internet, Iguodala finally responded with a simple message on Twitter: “No manners”.

Powers last year starred for the Mystics as they beat the Sun 3-2 in the WNBA Finals.

She was the No. 5 draft pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.

Iguodala was still in pre-season training at the time of the Mystics’ championship after his Golden State Warriors were earlier beaten in the NBA Finals 4-2 by the Toronto Raptors.

He was eventually traded to the Grizzlies before ending up at the Miami Heat for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Originally published as NBA star slammed for flattering woman

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