Yet as Casspi spoke to FanHouse by phone from his home on Thursday -- on the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, no less -- there was no such joy in his voice as he discussed the first painful part of his experience. A swastika that had been painted on a mural of his face in midtown Sacramento was discovered on Wednesday, the act being deemed a hate crime by local authorities who are investigating the matter and looking for the moronic culprit.
"It's all over the news here," Casspi said. "I'm not shocked but I'm kind of hurt, you know. ... It's just crazy that it's 2010 and still there are people who are racist and who hate. That's the only thing that hurts and is a big shock."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It shouldn’t matter.
Race shouldn’t be an issue in life. And race certainly shouldn’t be an issue in sport.
For instance, the only question on the blacktop is can you play? If the answer is yes, nothing else matters. Race. Religion. Gender. It is all secondary to skill.
Omri Casspi can play. His background as an Israeli citizen shouldn’t matter in life or on-court.
Unfortunately, it does. Race and racism is still a major problem.
Hopefully, Sacramento rallies behind their second year forward. They need to show this kind of cowardly attitude is the exception, not the norm.
Most importantly, Sacramento must show this won't be tolerated in their community.
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