Twitter users expressed outrage at WNBA star Liz Cambage for calling Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller a "little white one".
Cambage, 29, used the slur in response to Miller wight-shaming her during a game on Sunday.
Miller was fined $10,000 by the WNBA for criticizing Cambage's weight during the Suns' 72-65 win over the Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena.
Cambage is perfectly proportioned for her height, but she took offense to the comment anyway.
The Australian bauty posted a video to Twitter in which she said Miller was arguing a call and told a ref, "Come on, she's 300 pounds."
"One thing about me is that I will never let a man disrespect me - especially a little white one," Cambage said in the video. "For a coach on another team to be yelling like protected abuse, 'cause we can't do nothing back, it's just crazy to me."
She went on to say she was 6-foot-8 and weighed 235 pounds.
"So to the coach of Connecticut — I'm sorry, little sir man, I do not know your name. But the next time you try to call out a referee trying to get a call being like, 'come on, she's 300 pounds,’ I'm going to need you to get it right baby, 'cause I'm 6-8... I'm weighing 235 pounds and I'm very proud of being a big b----, big body, big Benz, baby."
But Twitter criticized dragged Cambage for bringing Miller's skin color into the discussion.
"I like Liz Cambage, but she clapped back by calling him a "little white boy"?? That's even ground for suspension if we're playing this game," said Rob Stukenborg on Twitter.
Another user slammed the New York Times for "conveniently" leaving Cambage's "racist" comment out of its report about the controversy. The paper cut off Cambage's quote before she mentioned the slur.
Richard Bradley tweeted: "I just don't get how it's wrong for a coach to say a player weighs 300 pounds but it's acceptable for a player to refer to that coach as 'a little white one.'"
Twitter user Frankie, wrote: "So Liz Cambage can get mad at a man for bringing up her size in the heat of a game, but it's okay for her to say that she will 'never let a little white man' disrespect her? What she said is worse lmaooo."
— W Lead (@WNBALead) May 24, 2021