November 27, 2006, - 1:37 pm

Will Michael Irvin Get the Jimmy The Greek/Campanis/Limbaugh/Issel Treatment?

By Debbie Schlussel
So ESPN football commentator Michael Irvin–in his umpteenth faux pas–says that NFLer Tony Romo’s athletic skill must be due to some Black blood in his background. Only his comments are far more specific than that–having to do with breeding. Here’s what he said on the Dan Patrick radio show, according to KRT Newswire:

“Somewhere there are some brothers. . . . (Maybe) his great, great, great, great Grandma ran over in the hood or something went down.”
That’s what Irvin said Monday on the Dan Patrick radio show. The host then asked Irvin if having black ancestry was the only way to be a great athlete.

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“No, that’s not the only way, but it’s certainly one way. Great, great, great, great Grandma pulled one of them studs up outta the barn.”

Remember how Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder lost everything when he made similar comments? Al Campanis? All Rush Limbaugh said was that the media wanted Donovan McNabb to succeed because he’s a Black quarterback. And he was fired, too.
So, will Irvin get the same treatment? Don’t count on it. Black athletes and commentators get a free pass when it counts to intolerance. As I’ve written before, Isiah Thomas suffered no harm when he claimed Larry Bird was only getting attention because he’s White and that he’d be “just another” Black athlete. Charles Barkley suffered no damage when he said, “That’s what I hate about f-cking White people.” And, no, he was not using the f-word as a verb. He meant it as an adjective.
And there are a host of others. Michael Irvin will get away with it, too. Mark my word.
ESPN needs to change it call letters . . . to ESPCN.

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11 Responses

Shhhhhhh
What’s wrong with you Debbie?
Now you crossed the line, you will not get away with it.
How come you make such comments about fairness in treatment and equality between Blacks and Whites?
Are you nuts?
You are going to have Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on your tail now.
Get ready to apologize on Jackson’s radio show!

Independent Conservative on November 27, 2006 at 2:14 pm

I just signed up here becuase I have to comment on this. As a 24 year old black guy, and a listner of talk radio since I was 9 (while other people of my generation was listening to rap music), I’m not suprised the media has a hate for white people. It makes me sick how my ethncity is always misrepersented by today’s society, the entertianment industry, and by the media.
I don’t even have any friends in real life becuase I’m not “black” enough. See Jesse Jackson would have a feild day with me. ESPN is owned by Disney, so it’s not a suprise.

Squirrel3D on November 27, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Michael Irvin does look comfortable in that orange MDDOC jumpsuit. Afterall, DOC orange is one of the colors of the University of Miami. You can’t spell “scum” without “UM”.

Yiddish Steel on November 27, 2006 at 5:01 pm

hey didnt irvin use to rOugh up girls at strip clubs in dallas. if jerry joneS didnt knock some sense into him he would have been another OJ

PNAMARBLE on November 27, 2006 at 5:36 pm

Debbie–
They’re afraid to can Irvin.

Red Ryder on November 27, 2006 at 7:12 pm

ESPN has long been ESPC.
Nearly if not all of their commentators are liberals, plus they’ve hired the dreadful Robin Roberts and Keith Olberman among others.
Michael Irvin is a trainwreck.
Pardon me, I had a longer reply, but I’m just too heartbroken that fine, articulate PETA spokesperson Pam Anderson has filed for divorce after 4 months to equally vapid Kid Rock. I’m shocked!

The_Man on November 27, 2006 at 10:02 pm

It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. Hey, after all, “White Men Can’t Jump”. It doesn’t matter. None of these Neanderthal sports entertainment statistics matters.
What really does matter, however, are the effects that behavioral habits have upon society. It’s important because it affects each and every one of us.
What really does matter, however, is the ethnic make-up of the U.S. prison population. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but they represent most of the convicts…..past and present.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
The out-of-wedlock births of blacks is about 70%, whereas whites account for 25% (not including Asians).
The illiteracy rate of blacks soars above that of whites.
The unemployment rate of blacks soars above that of whites.
The welfare population (the PERCENTAGE/RATE) of blacks soars above that of whites.
The percentage of violent black-on-black crime soars above the percentage of white-on-white crime.
The percentage of bars on doors and windows in black residential areas soars above that of white residential areas.
As I said; None of these Neanderthal sports entertainment statistics matters. After all, who can name what teams participated in the World Series over the past five years?
Who can name what teams participated in the Super Bowls over the past five years?
Who can name what teams participated in the Stanley Cup over the past five years (I know there was a strike for a couple of years…but who really gives a shit?!)?
Who can name what teams participated in the NBA Championships over the past five years?
And, even if you numbnuts could remember all of those teams…ask yourself this:
Did any of those games that you watched week after week make your lives any better?
Did any of those games that you watched week after week put any more food on your table?
Did any of those games that you watched week after week put you and your family in a bigger house in a better neighborhood?
Did any of those games that you watched week after week bring you closer to your wives or children?
The answer is no. So, the time that you spent alienating those around you while watching those inane games week after week; the time you spent guzzling beer and peanuts watching those inane games week after week; the money you pissed away betting on those inane games week after week….would’ve been more wisely spent paying attention to what really matters in your life than memorizing the inane statistics of steroid-popping, brainless jocks who chase a ball around some field, and who are paid millions of dollars a year while you toil away in some shitty job making squat.
So, forget about what some over-paid, brain-dead, ignorant, illiterate, steroid-popping, racist, Neanderthal black thug would say about whites in front of a microphone. What really matters is what you make of your life. Don’t give any more of your time and hard-earned money to these racist, criminal Neanderthals.

Thee_Bruno on November 27, 2006 at 11:17 pm

Its not fair to hold black athletes to the same standards as white athletes. They have suffered so.

poetcomic1 on November 28, 2006 at 1:05 am

Oh really? And can you give examples of where black athletes suffered in the last 20 years?

Squirrel3D on November 28, 2006 at 2:54 am

This is just another case of a loud-mouth who graduated, er, paroled, out of a the Prison University of Miami. The shoe has been on the other foot for years, where people like this dope, along with Jesse Jackson (adulterer), and Al Sharpton (local thug) get to tee off on white people with impunity. Their “holier-than-thou crap is beginning to catch up with them. Sooner or later, the back-lash will shut them up.

FreeAmerican on November 28, 2006 at 8:37 am

ESPN recently fired Harold Reynolds. And, when I last checked, he was black.
WELL, THEN, I GUESS THEY’LL HAVE NO PROB FIRING MICHAEL IRVIN, RIGHT?
REYNOLDS WAS NOT FIRED FOR ANYTHING HE SAID. HE WAS FIRED BECAUSE HE HUGGED A FEMALE INTERN AND SHE COMPLAINED. APPARENTLY ESPN HAS AN ABSURD ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY AND THE FEMALE INTERN WAS WAY TOO SENSITIVE. HIS FIRING OVER THAT SOUNDS RIDICULOUS.
BUT THAT’S HARDLY THE SAME THING AS BEING FIRED BECAUSE OF COMMENTS THAT ARE PERCEIVED AS RACIST A LA RUSH LIMBAUGH AND NOT BEING FIRED FOR ARGUABLY WORSE COMMENTS A LA IRVIN, MERELY BECAUSE THE UTTERER OF THOSE WORDS IS BLACK AND, THEREFORE, GETS A FREE PASS.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Hourman on November 28, 2006 at 10:00 am

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