Columnist Calls Out Wilbon
I know this Michael Irvin stuff is very old news, but did you actually listen to it? Remarkable. Since some of my co-workers haven't even seen it, and they work in sports, it's worth a quote. Quoth The Big Lead, in a fairly good transcription:
At about the 3:42 mark in the above link, Irvin mentions that Tony Romo outplayed Peyton Manning Sunday, and then says, "... [there must be] some brothers in that line somewhere ... (laughs to himself) somewhere there are some brothers ... I don't know who saw what, where .... [maybe] his great, great, great, great Grandma ran over in the hood or something went down ... (laughter)"
Dan Patrick, sensing disaster, jumps in and says, 'that's the only way to be a great athlete?'
Irvin comes back with, "No, that's not the only way ... but it's certainly one way ... [maybe his] great, great, great, great Grandma pulled one of them studs up outta the barn [and said] 'come here for a second' ... back in the day ...(more sinister laughter)"
That clears the sinuses, no? To me, if you're USAToday, this opening description doesn't really do justice to those particular quotes:
ESPN football analyst Michael Irvin says he's sorry for his comments on Dan Patrick's national radio show a week ago that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's athletic ability must be due to African-American heritage.
I would have leaned toward something like this:
ESPN football analyst Michael Irvin says he's sorry for his comments on Dan Patrick's national radio show a week ago that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's athletic ability must be due to the fact that his great, great, great, great, great grandma ran into the hood to procreate with a black stud.
And now, Peter Kerasotis calls out ESPN and calls out Wilbon and calls for Irvin's job:
And while we're at it, where is ESPN when it's time to report on itself? Isn't this the type of junk food its TV shows like "Around The Horn" and "PTI" feed off?
Wilbon, is there a double-standard here?
Good luck trying to find the story about Irvin's remarks on any of ESPN's various and sundry networks, or on its Web site. Its national online columnists have yet to weigh in, and it's doubtful they ever will.
And Michael Irvin keeps apologizing. And blog commenters far and wide keep suggesting this says something about life in America.
The comments to this entry are closed.