Comments by Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson on monster dunk bring up stereotypes

When Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson shared a joke after Sunday night’s game from Kobe Bryant about the different skin colors of African American athletes, the second-year player unintentionally touched on a stereotype.

Clarkson’s comments about “light-skinned dude” vs. “dark-skinned dude” implied that lighter-skinned athletes can be passive, but darker-skinned athletes are more aggressive.

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The 6-foot-5 Clarkson threw down an impressive dunk over 7-1 center Alex Len in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 97-77 victory over the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center, causing his teammates to chest-bump and high-five each other.


After the game was over, Clarkson was asked about his thoughts on his dunk.

“All I remember was Kobe telling me that I’ve been going to the hole like a light-skinned dude,” said Clarkson, who is light-skinned. “So I’ve got to start going like a dark-skinned dude. As soon as the lane opened up, that’s all I remember.”

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Clarkson then was asked if he went to the hole like a dark-skinned dude.


“Yeah,” he replied. 

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