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The rise of New Yorks Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has not come without a bit of racially motivated backlash amongst the sports world, for reasons that have yet to be determined. After using the phrase “chink in the armor” to describe the Knicks loss to the New Orleans Hornets, a remark that appeared to be aimed at Lin, ESPN fired the writer responsible and suspended MMA Live host Max Bretos for using the phrase during a live broadcast. Sports media personality Stephen A. Smith recently discussed the issue alongside Skip Bayless, and if you have an extra 10 minutes on your hand, we recommend you check out his take on everything from over-sensitivity to racism in general, as it really puts the whole debate into perspective.
One person who clearly didn’t get Mr. Smith’s message was WBC Welterweight champion and detriment to society, Floyd Mayweather, who recently took to Twitter to intelligently discuss all that is Linsanity. And by intelligently discuss, we mean turn it into a matter of race like he always does, stating the following:
Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.
Aside from drawing the backlash of his fans, the remark caught the attention of UFC President Dana White, who tore Floyd a new one during a recent episode of FUELTV’s “UFC Tonight,” the video of which is below.
Bravo, DW. I’m not exactly sure why a convicted woman beater like Mayweather still has any fans left to piss off, but his recent remarks have really shined a light on how much of a witless, racist douchebag he truly is, and I applaud Dana for calling him out on it. Though Mayweather has yet to personally respond, his manager, Leonard Ellerbe, spoke up on his behalf in an interview with Yahoo sports:
[Dana White] needs to shut the [expletive] up and mind his own business, stay in his own lane and keep on taking advantage of the UFC fighters, while underpaying them. If he keeps on running his mouth, we may decide to give a free seminar to all of the UFC fighters on how the pay-per-view revenue should be distributed. This is typical Dana, who is always prone to ignorant outbursts. He should be the last person to try to judge someone else.
Although White’s, let’s call them insensitive, remarks have gotten him in trouble in the past, calling anyone ignorant on behalf of Floyd Mayweather seems a little hypocritical, don’t you think? Never one to back down, White responded via a text sent to Yahoo Sports aimed at Ellerbe:
Just for the record, shut the [expletive] up [because] I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to Floyd. We’re doing something amazing. We’re building a sport while you guys are destroying one.
I apologize for the rant I’m about to go on, but as a long time Mayweather dissenter, I feel compelled to weigh in on the subject at hand.
First off, fuck you, Floyd. You are a bottom feeding ignoramus, who, if not for your boxing accolades, would likely be locked in prison where any man who assaults a woman, in front of his own children nonetheless, belongs.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about your recent comments, specifically that black athletes don’t receive their due praise in sports:
1. Are you really this blockheaded, or are you just being woefully dense? Perhaps you’ve forgotten about a time, oh, about two years ago, when Sportscenter devoted an entire special to what basketball team Lebron James was going to pick after leaving the Cavaliers. A special, mind you, that ended with a televised party inside the American Airlines Arena WITH 13,000 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. And like DW said, rarely a day goes by that Kobe Bryant doesn’t receive praise in one form or the other; the same could be said for Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in their respective careers. This is not a knock on any of those gentlemen, for they are simply some of the best players the sport has ever seen, but rather a few examples of what a moron you sound like when you make completely ungrounded statements like the one that led to this most recent backlash.
2. Could we argue that part of Jeremy Lin’s hype is a result of his race? Sure we could, but the reason he is receiving so much publicity is due to the fact that HE WAS CUT FROM TWO NBA TEAMS AND WAS ABOUT TO BE CUT FROM A THIRD before going a run the likes of which we have never seen. This is what DW neglected to mention. Lin has given hope to struggling athletes that transcends even that of the sport or his race, and here you are attempting to discredit him because of it. I would say that you should be ashamed of yourself, but that would require a scrap of self-awareness that you are clearly lacking. I honestly think that people like you are happy that racism exists in the world, for without it, you would have nothing to talk about day after day.
3. I realize that you likely made those remarks in order to spark controversy and keep your name relevant in the news, and in that manner you’ve succeeded. And maybe this is the only way you know how to remain in the limelight, aside from your various encounters with the law, that is. But please, stop pulling the race card on every issue that arises in the sports world, especially when you are just as quick to make racist remarks, albeit incorrect ones, when referring to the man you are too afraid to fight. It’s unnecessary, uneducated, and simply makes you look like the pot calling the kettle…well…you get what I mean.