Skip Bayless: White Redskins fans support Kirk Cousins over RG3 (Audio)

ESPN talking head Skip Bayless is paid to say some of the most extreme, ridiculous things possible in order to generate controversy, but he went too far on Monday when he accused Redskins fans (and white and black fans) of racism.

Discussing the Redskins quarterback situation, Bayless said white fans would want fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins, who is white, to succeed over first-round pick and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who is black.

“Some foolish Redskins fans – fans, foolish, doesn’t that go together, right? – they’re gonna sit back and say, ‘God, RG3 was struggling. He fumbled, he threw a couple of bad passes. Maybe Kirk Cousins is better right now. Maybe we should go with Kirk.’ NO! No, I don’t want to see that! I don’t want to set up that dynamic!” said Bayless.

“I’m going to throw it out there,” Bayless continued. “You also have the black/white dynamic and the majority of Redskins fans are white and it’s just human nature if you’re white to root for the white guy because it just happens in sports. Just like the black community will root for the black quarterback.

“I’m for the black guy. I’m just saying I don’t like the dynamic for RG3. It could stunt his growth in the NFL.”

While I do agree that racism still exists and that some white fans are uncomfortable with black players or black quarterbacks and vice versa (believe me, I got the phone calls and emails as a national sports talk radio host to prove it), that is a minority opinion. The majority of sports fans would want their team to succeed regardless of the race of their players. The Washington Post even wrote a story about that subject matter last year as it pertains to Redskins fans.

Generalizing is a dangerous thing, and it can often lead to trouble. Maybe Skip Bayless would learn that lesson, but unfortunately as long as he drives ratings for the network, ESPN is unlikely to discipline him for accusing all white and black fans of being racially biased.

H/T D.C. Sports Bog
Audio via Business Insider

Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella expelled from Olympics for racist tweet

Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been expelled from the Olympics for sending a racist tweet following his country’s 2-1 loss to South Korea on Sunday.

“I want to beat up all South Koreans! Bunch of mentally handicapped retards!” his tweet said in a garbled form of text message/slang, according to 101 Great Goals.

Below is a look at the message:

It didn’t take Morganella long to realize how much he screwed up. He sent the following apology note on his Twitter account, which has been deleted:

“I wish to apologise to the people in South Korea and their team, but also to the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general.”

After being expelled from the Games, Morganella released the following statement through Swiss Olympic:

“I am sincerely sorry for the people of South Korea, for the players, but equally for the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. It’s clear that I’m accepting the consequences”.

“After the disappointing result and the reaction from Korea that followed, I made a huge error,” Morganella added.

Morganella claimed he was under attack from fans on Twitter when he sent the message.

He is the second athlete expelled from the Olympics for a racist tweet, joining Greece triple jumper Voula Papachristou. Meanwhile, the backlash Lolo Jones faced for a relatively innocuous tweet now seems even more ridiculous.

H/T Black Sports Online for the tweetgrab

Michael Johnson: Slave descendants have ‘superior athletic gene’

Retired Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson believes there is a scientific reason that explains why so many of the top sprinters in the world are black. The four-time gold medalist, now a commentator for BBC, believes slave descendants have genes that make them superior athletes.

“All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations,” Johnson said on a documentary called “Michael Johnson: Survival Of The Fastest,” according to the Daily Mail.

“Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”

According to the Daily Mail, some scientists support that notion. Their report states that only the fittest and strongest African people were picked to board the slave ships. Once aboard the ships, conditions were so terrible that only the strongest/healthiest/fittest people of an already select group survived. Additionally, the Daily Mail says some scientists believe that some slave owners selectively bred to create even stronger and more athletic people, which set the groundwork for dominant athletes decades later.

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NHL announcer Dave Strader: Honkytown takes down Hockeytown (Video)

NHL play-by-play announcer Dave Strader ventured into a touchy area with his final call of the Predators-Red Wings series on Friday night. Nashville had just beaten Detroit 2-1 to win the series in five games, and Strader celebrated the moment with a questionable, and borderline racist pun.

“Honkytown has taken down Hockeytown,” was his call for the series.

Detroit is affectionately called “Hockeytown” because of the Red Wings’ success and the passion of the fans. “Honky” is a racist term for a white person, though there is a type of music/bar called “Honky-tonk,” which would be less offensive.

Let’s hope for Strader’s sake he was referring to Nashville as a honky-tonk bar/music town rather than a city full of honkys. Next time just play it straight, Strader, and don’t try to say something cute that can be taken the wrong way.

Ben & Jerry’s ‘Lin-Sanity’ ice cream replaces fortune cookies with waffle cookie after backlash

Ben & Jerry’s has replaced the fortune cookies in its limited-edition “Lin-Sanity” ice cream flavor after receiving backlash. LBS was among the media outlets that criticized Ben & Jerry’s for including fortune cookie pieces in its Jeremy Lin-inspired ice cream.

“There seemed to be a bit of an initial backlash about it, but we obviously weren’t looking to offend anybody and the majority of the feedback about it has been positive,” said Ryan Midden, the general manager of the Ben & Jerry’s in Cambridge, Ma.

Midden told the Boston Globe the primary reason for changing the cookie ingredient was because “a couple of [pints] got returned because the cookies got so soggy.”

So what do you think, did they take out the fortune cookie pieces because of the racism concerns, or because they became too soggy in the ice cream? I think the sogginess response is a cover-up to hide the stereotype issue.

Note that the new pint makes no mention of the fortune cookie, unlike the original one.

Thanks to I am a GM for pointing out the update, Deadspin for the original

Ben & Jerry’s creates ‘Lin-Sanity’ ice cream featuring fortune cookie bits

I thought we were past this point, especially after what’s transpired recently, but apparently we’re not. Ben & Jerry’s released a limited-edition flavor of ice cream available only at its Harvard Square location in Cambridge. The flavor is called “Lin-Sanity,” and it was released in Harvard Square because Jeremy Lin went to Harvard.

But here’s where they venture into the racism.

The “Lin-Sanity” container advertises that the flavor is “vanilla frozen yogurt with Lychee honey swirls and fortune cookie pieces.” Yup, the ice cream contains fortune cookie pieces, got that?

Again, when discussing Jeremy Lin, why does everything have to be about fortune cookies, or egg rolls, or dumplings, or Asian things? Why can’t you just create a generic, stereotype-free food like Lin Mint?

I would have thought that two weeks of missteps would have taught us not to venture into stereotypes when it comes to Jeremy Lin, but apparently people still haven’t learned their lessons.

H/T Deadspin
Picture via Ben & Jerry’s

Maryland recruit Stefon Diggs thinks we need to get off Jeremy Lin’s ‘egg roll and dumplings’

Stefon Diggs is one of the most prized recruits Maryland has landed in years. The All-Met Defensive Player of the Year pleased local fans by announcing two weeks ago his plans to play for his hometown school. Now he’s making some noise with a questionable tweet about Jeremy Lin.

Yup, the Terps should be proud to know they have a budding comedian who dabbles in racially offensive areas. How do we know Lin wouldn’t prefer his manly region to be called franks and beans instead?

I’m sure Diggs missed the whole Jason Whitlock affair otherwise he would have gone with the generic “get off his nuts” commentary. No doubt he’ll be hearing from the Terps’ compliance director when he arrives on campus.

Thanks to Robert Neagli for the tip