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#pounditSunday, October 25, 2020

Kaleb McGary is not a fan of R&B music

Kaleb McGary was the second of two offensive linemen drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFL draft. The offensive tackle from Washington is, according to one anonymous executive quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “socially awkward.”

That executive describes him as coming from a small town–Fife, Washington is a town of less than 10,000 but it is a suburb of Tacoma, so it’s not like it’s hours from civilization. Anyway, here’s the story relayed from the anonymous executive, who, by the way, sounds like he is speaking in the 1970’s and does not sound like the most enlightened source.

“You [know] how one day they play country music and one day they play R&B in the weight room,” this executive relayed to the AJC, “it was country day, and one of the blacks turned on R&B. He got pissed off and cut the cord to the whole speaker system in the weight room. All of the whites and blacks were pissed off at him because they couldn’t listen to (any) music. Socially awkward stuff. Not racist. He just has to grow up stuff.”

D. Orlando Ledbetter tried to follow up with McGary on that incident relayed from his freshman year at college, but McGary declined to discuss it.

For another perspective on McGary, below is Race Davis talking about some of the hardships that McGary had to overcome to get to being drafted by Atlanta, and here is the Seattle Times story on his life.

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