Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss shared on Instagram an angry letter by a person who called himself Joe. The person claims to be a Lakers fan for 60 years. The letter, the parts of which were covered, appears to be aiming at black players, calling them “overpaid traitors.”
By sharing the letter Buss also posted her own response in which she condemned it and admitted that she received similar letters in the past receiving.
“After much thought, I decided to share this letter I received on Monday so that everyone can see the hate is real and living out there. This is happening in our world TODAY. It’s real and it exists.Jeanie Buss
“To Joe: Did sending this letter make you feel better? Really all you did was waste your time, and energy and your postage stamp. (But thank you for including your return home address) Why don’t you look in the mirror and see your ugliness because I refuse to.
“I have received letters like this over the years. The advice I always got? “Ignore it.” I did. But not anymore.
On this day, Juneteenth, I ask my white friends to join together, acknowledge the racism that exists in our country and around the world, and pledge to stop ignoring it. We all must do better.”