LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Lakers owner Jeanie Buss Friday took to social media to share a racist letter she received earlier this week.
Buss said she received the letter Monday, and “after much thought” decided to share it so that “everyone can see the hate is real and living out there.”READ MORE: Father Memorializes Son, Who Died In 2019 Conception Boat Fire, Along Last 500 Miles Of 2,600 Mile Hike
The letter, penned by someone named Joe, and which according to Buss, included a return address, used several profanities and slurs and made mention to the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
“After 60 years as a huge Lakers fan, I now say to hell with the overpaid (expletive) traitors and the NBA,” it reads.
Buss says she has received several similar such letters over the years. The advice given to her was to ignore it.
“But not anymore,” she wrote on Instagram.
It is unclear if Buss contacted the police regarding the hate-filled letter.
“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,” she wrote. “We all must do better.”READ MORE: CDC Panel Green-Lights Pfizer Booster For Some Adults While Newsom Mulls Vaccine Mandate For Kids 12 And Older
On Thursday, the Lakers announced that they had hired Dr. Karida Brown, an assistant professor of African American Studies and Sociology at UCLA, to be the team’s inaugural director of racial equity and action.
Earlier this week, two African American men who live in a Sherman Oaks apartment complex found racist notes posted to their front doors.
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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. Its real and it exists. 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. #juneteenth #hatewontwin *******UPDATE*********** Monday, June 22, 2020 I TURNED OVER THE LETTER AND ENVELOPE TO THE AUTHORITIES. JOE LIVES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE WILL BE DEALT WITH AND HOPEFULLY WILL LEARN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE. HATE WILL NOT WIN.MORE NEWS: Police Pursuit Ends With Crash, 3 Arrests Thursday In Hollywood