LA Clippers forward Patrick Patterson finds himself apologizing after the resurfacing of a 2018 Instagram clash about NBA players marrying white women in which he seemingly insinuated that Black women are “bulldogs,” which sent social media into a frenzy.
The drama started when Patterson, who was with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time, wrote a post wishing his wife a happy anniversary. After the picture went up a fan in the comments section suggested he was only able to get his wife, who is white, due to his status as a pro athlete. He signed with the Clippers in August.
“True, if I never made it to the nba I would have never met her while playing for Toronto. but why’s it matter. love is love at the end of the day,” he explained.
After the fan questioned why he waited until he became wealthy to start dating white women, and insinuated that his wife Sarah Nasser wouldn’t have given him the time of day if he worked at Walmart, Patterson clapped back, “So I should settle for a bulldog and act like I’m happy with my life and preach ‘keep it in your race’ to the world as if Dr. King didn’t fight/die for equality, acceptance, all cultures loving one another, and no hate? “No thanks,” continued Patterson, 30. “That maybe your life but I don’t want that for mine or my family. Color doesn’t matter. Wake up.”
Somehow, this bubbled back up after about a year and came back to bite him as social media users started blasting him over the comments, with even more focused anger. Not surprisingly the internet didn’t take too kindly to what everyone is calling an open disdain for Black women.
Dudes like Patrick Patterson fuck it up for other black guys who date or are married to white women and still respect black women. Because no matter what, now you’ll be grouped with Patrick Patterson.
— Coochie Connoisseur (@SkyviewThompson) November 24, 2019
Patrick Patterson called Black women bulldogs, while explaining his choice to get married to a white woman. I just do not understand the reason black men knock us to uplift others. You will forever be a black man, with a black mother.
— خولة (@BellaBizzyBody) November 24, 2019
— Hip-HopVibe.com (@HipHopVibe1) November 24, 2019
In his own response, social commentator and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill explained to his followers that we, “cannot be naive or dishonest about the cultural and political forces that convince us, particularly Black men, that marrying outside the race is a more coveted option.”
“In this case, Patterson didn’t merely defend his choice. He felt compelled to s**t on Black women in the process,” he continues. “When folk make moves like this, it’s hard to take their particular claims of “color blind love” seriously. Instead it feels like self-hate masquerading as personal choice. Moral of the story: love who you want, but don’t do it on the backs of others.”
Finally, Patterson capitulated and apologized for what he wrote in a Monday post.
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