A Cup Of Coffee And....ESPN.Com Allows a Racial Insenitive Joke Slide

Chris WilkinsonContributor IJanuary 6, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Toby Gerhart #7 of the Stanford Cardinal is congratulated by fans, with one holding a Toby 4 Heisman sign, after they beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Sports fans, if you are like me, you enjoy catching almost all things ESPN. There's ESPN Radio, the podcasts, SportsCenter, and on and online.

Well yesterday, on a podcast, an employee of ESPN made a racially insensitive joke aimed at Toby Gerhardt of Stanford. As of this writing (8:00 AM MST, 10:00 AM EST), there isn't a word of any reprimand being passed down toward the individuals.

Before I get into why this is frustrating me, I guess I better point out the crime.

On the Football Today podcast for Jan. 5, Jeremy Green and his co-host, a character that goes by the nickname of PodVader, were going through the draft and giving out initial thoughts on which team might draft which player. At 27:20 of the show, they started discussing the Houston Texans. Green was quick to point out C.J. Spiller, running back out of Clemson, as being the kind of pick they could use. Then, at around 27:45, the following exchange was made:

Green:   "How good would C.J. Spiller look in a Texans uniform?"

PodVader: "Well at least they'll have the right face color, that's for sure."

I was floored. Did they just say that and did they just laugh about it? I couldn't believe it. These guys are supposed to be professionals, and they made a bad joke like that because Toby Gerhardt out of Stanford is white. It had to be a obvious knock on Gerhardt's skin color, as there aren't many other white running backs in this draft.

I e-mailed ESPN.com with the complaint yesterday, gave them 24 hours to at least acknowledge the bad joke, and when it seems they have done nothing, I'm letting you, my readers hear about it and maybe you to can complain.

I guess right now you are asking, "Chris, why are you complaining about one bad joke that weighs in at 12 words long." The length of the joke isn't what is bothering me. The fact that ESPN, a few years back, fired Rush Limbaugh over statements he made about Donovan McNabb less than 24 hours after the statements. What if Stuart Scott made the same remark live on SportsCenter? What if during the NFL draft, Mel Kiper Jr. or even Chris Berman make the same remark? Will they be fired? Right now, with ESPN staying hush on the matter, I am thinking the answer is 'no.'

This is America, whites should receive politically correct sensitivity just as every race. If I can't make a racially insensitive joke against blacks, Hispanics, or any other race on the radio, I believe that the P.C. police say they can't make racially insensitive jokes about me and my race, which is white. 

Your next question might be, "What do you want us to do, quit going to ESPN in protest, like a boycott?"  No, in fact I believe you should continue going to ESPN and listening to ESPN Radio and the podcasts. While you are there, take a listen to the Football Today for Jan. 5. If you think the joke oversteps the boundaries on being racially insensitive, e-mail ESPN and let them know about. What I would love more than anything is for Jeremy Green and PodVader to have to give a formal apology on the front page on ESPN.com and give a verbal apology on their next podcast which should take place in the next 24 to 48 hours. After that, I would love to see them get suspended without pay for at least a month. I am pretty sure they won't be fired like Rush because of Mr. Green's connections, and the fact this was on a podcast and not NFL Sunday Night football.

If you agree or disagree with me, let me know.  I wrote my opinions out on the matter, it's time for you to express yours.


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