LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Lakers owner Jeanie Buss Friday used social media to share a racist letter she received earlier this week.
Buss said she received the letter on Monday and "after a lot of thought" decided to share it so that "everyone can see that the hate is real and lives out there."
The letter, written by someone named Joe and containing a return address, according to Buss, used multiple swear words and vagueness, and mentioned the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
"After 60 years as a big Lakers fan, I now say hell with the overpaid (explicit) traitors and the NBA," it says.
Buss says she has received several similar letters over the years. The advice to her was to ignore it.
"But no more," she wrote on Instagram.
It is unclear whether Buss has contacted the police about the hateful letter.
"On that day, June 19, I ask my white friends to join forces to recognize racism in our country and around the world and to promise not to ignore it," she wrote. "We all have to do better."
On Thursday, the Lakers announced that they were Dr. Karida Brown, an assistant professor of African American Studies and Sociology at UCLA, was the first director of the team to engage in racial justice and action.
Earlier this week, two African-American men who lived in a Sherman Oaks apartment complex found racist notes on their front doors.