After Toronto GM Masai Ujiri was caught on tape uttering those famous two words, the first beginning with an "F", he apologized and seemed to suggest he got caught up in the moment.
"Wrong choice of words out there," he said. "It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs.
"Just trying to get the crowd out there rattled -- wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That's it."
After he was fined $25,000, he went further, "It's really not about the series. It's about us moving forward as a team. ... It's not about Brooklyn."
"Wrong choice of words?" "Not about the series." Well, how about these internal t-shirts we're told were distributed to Raptors personnel after Ujiri uttered the expletive and was fined. Seems like Toronto wasn't so chastened, doesn't it? They contained same words Ujiri had uttered as the rally. Only difference, the Raptors' trademarked "claw" logo replaced the "U"
A fan claims he made them...
@NetsDaily This was a fan initiated campaign. I know, because I was that fan. Had next to nothing to do with Brooklyn, where I have visited.— Ryan (@RyanJHTurvey) April 28, 2014
However, the Nets believe it was all part of an unprofessional Raptor campaign ... and three days ago, Stefan Bondy posted this...
I hear this is floating around the Raptors offices pic.twitter.com/8rW0zn8YBo— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) April 25, 2014
On Wednesday, Jim LaBumbard, a spokesman for the Raptors, emailed NetsDaily to say, "I can assure you these T-shirts are from an outside source and in no way were produced or distributed internally. No one in our office has or will be wearing one on the premises. Also, anyone attempting to enter the arena wearing one will be asked to cover the shirt before being allowed admittance."