If you’re reading this website, presumably you’re a sports fan. And as someone who follows events in world of sports, you likely already knew that ESPN NFL analyst Michael Irvin has had numerous drug-related problems in the recent past. You’ve probably seen him doing his job as an NFL analyst on ESPN, too. And if you’re like most people, you think he comes across as a clueless, buffoonish loudmouth.
For those two reasons alone, Michael Irvin should be “forcibly retired” from his broadcasting career. But now there is another, even more important, reason to can him:
Michael Irvin is a racist.
On Monday, Irvin was on Dan Patrick’s radio program and had much to say about Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo:
He doesn’t look like he’s that type of an athlete, but he is. He is, man. I don’t know if some brother down in that line somewhere, I don’t know who saw what or where, his great-great-great-great-grandma ran over in the ‘hood or something went down.
If great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandma pulled one of them studs up out of the barn, “Come on in here for a second,” you know, and they go out and work in the yard. You know, back in the day.
Let’s try to break down and “analyze” Irvin’s semi-lucid rant:
• Tony Romo doesn’t “look like” a great athlete (because he is white)
• But Tony Romo is a good athlete
• Therefore, Tony Romo must be at least part-black
• And Irvin feels this is a reasonable assumption because people who are 100 percent white are incapable of being good athletes
• BONUS RACIST/SEXIST STEREOTYPE: Romo’s supposed black ancestry must have come about from one of his female ancestors having sex with a black man on the side. It is not plausible, nor even thinkable, that one of Romo’s male ancestors would have voluntarily had sex with a black woman.
Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was fired from his job as a football analyst at CBS for similar comments. Rush Limbaugh was forced to resign from his job at ESPN after making comments that some people interpreted as being racially-insensitive. Just this year, Steve Lyons was fired from his job as a baseball “color” commentator at FOX because of racially insensitive comments.
Clearly, the precedent has been well established: If you make a racist comment while working as a sports broadcaster, you lose your job. Michael Irvin has made an overtly racist comment. Therefore, he needs to be fired.
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