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Jalen Rose says Rob Gronkowski was ‘white boy wasted,’ then apologizes

A lot of adjectives and phrases have been used to describe the Rob Gronkowski dancing video over the past several days. People say Gronk was acting irresponsible, immature, and careless among other terms. One former Patriot said Gronk needs to grow up and learn that there’s a time and a place for everything. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose took it a step further, describing Gronkowski as having been “white boy wasted.” He issued an apology a little over an hour later.

“Forgive this term because I didn’t make it up: He was having a good time. He was white boy wasted,” Rose said on Mike and Mike Thursday morning according to Pro Football Talk. “He was having a good time.”

Just before the program ended, Rose delivered a half-hearted apology.

“You guys got me in trouble,” he said. “Earlier in today’s show we were talking about the Patriots’ post-game party and I made some comments that other people — some people — took as insensitive remarks, so for those that took it that way I definitely apologize. Pretty sure I always say things that upset people, get under people’s skin. I guess today was no different. So I’m sorry for the pushback.”

Sounds like somebody got a prompt slap on the wrist after making the remark. Rose obviously didn’t mean anything by it, but you can see how that would tread the line of racism even if he was joking. Is it acceptable for everyday conversation? For me, yes. For a radio show, probably not.



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  • Anonymous

    No, it really isn’t acceptable.  Poorly expressed and more than a bit tasteless.  I don’t want to hear it.  

  • Gene

    Why are you okay with a racist comment?   Just because it is made by a black man does not make it any less racist.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I feel the same way. Just like any black man wouldn’t want to be called “boy” I wouldn’t want to be called “white boy.” I think it’s disrespectful.

  • Anonymous

     I just meant it doesn’t bother me personally. Light-hearted comments like that don’t offend me. That doesn’t mean I think it’s acceptable. It just doesn’t bother me all that much since he was obviously joking.

  • Anonymous

    I just meant it doesn’t bother me personally. Light-hearted comments like that don’t offend me. That doesn’t mean I think it’s acceptable. It just doesn’t bother me all that much since he was obviously joking. That being said, I could completely understand why others wouldn’t feel the same

  • Anonymous

    Jalen is no stranger to racial controversy.   It’s just not cute any more.

  • Anonymous

    Wiley is a bigger racist. He called Rush Limbaugh a racist while giving his opinion about Limbaugh being an owner in the NFL. As a matter of fact I’m a little tired of ESPN. Isn’t there any men that can do sideline reporting? Also why are so many of there analysis Afro-American?