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Not outraged by Irvin's racist remarks? You should be

Nov. 22, 2006

By Mike Freeman

CBS SportsLine.com National Columnist

 

You may have missed when noted sociologist and anthropological expert Michael Irvin stated that Tony Romo must have African lineage in his genome, which explains why the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is such a good athlete.

 

Said Irvin on a national radio show this week: "He doesn't look like he's that type of an athlete. But he is. He is, man. I don't know ... 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."

 

 

Evidently, Michael Irvin is to race relations what Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder was to ... well, race relations.

Oh, boy.

 

Romo in the 'hood.

 

Where do I begin with this one?

 

This is Irvin's logic. I enjoy making Italian food. I'm actually pretty good at it. Therefore, my distant relatives must be Italian.

 

That's pretty dumb, right?

 

Asinine, huh?

 

Just stupid.

 

But he said it and I do not believe Irvin was kidding. The host of the show apparently did not think Irvin was joking, either. He responded to Irvin, "Oh, that's the only way he can be a great athlete?"

 

"That's not the only way, but it's certainly one way," Irvin replied. "If great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandma pulled one of them studs up out of the barn (and said), 'Come on in here for a second,' you know, and they go out and work in the yard. You know, back in the day."

 

This comment barely registered a blip on the moral outrage meter. That needle should have been bouncing around like it was the great San Francisco earthquake.

 

As someone who has written about the thorny issue of race, blasting white offenders for perpetrating racial stereotypes and ugliness, I cannot be a hypocrite.

 

 

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This is the double standard that so many of us are sick of.

 

 

 

I guess I get more sick of people who continually whine about this stuff. Whether it's Jimmy the Greek or Irvin, this stuff gets blown out of proportion from both sides. I'm sure we will have plenty of sensitve squishy PC do gooders crying over this like every other comment that involves the slightest racial element.

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I guess I get more sick of people who continually whine about this stuff. Whether it's Jimmy the Greek or Irvin, this stuff gets blown out of proportion from both sides. I'm sure we will have plenty of sensitve squishy PC do gooders crying over this like every other comment that involves the slightest racial element.

 

Nevertheless, Irvin is a total ass for saying it. Of course, he's a total ass anyway whatever he's talking about, so nothing to see here, move right along.

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"You may have missed when noted sociologist and anthropological expert Michael Irvin stated that Tony Romo must have African lineage in his genome, which explains why the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is such a good athlete. "

 

 

 

 

It's part of society and may always be, but why this guy is on the air is another matter.

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Like Bushwacked said, let's not carried away here. Irvin is actually paying him a complement. The 2 are friends and regularly shoot hoops together, at which Romo wins everytime. Irvin even said he's joked w/ him about scratching his skin to see if any black surfaced....it's all in good fun

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You know what, this is just the same ole crap that we jump on all the time. We sit around and talk crap among our friends daily. However, the difference is what is the intent behind the words. Realistically, we know that Howard and Jimmy both come from white, racist backgrounds, and so when they said something you know that behind it was how they really felt about minorities and it just slipped out for all to see. Calling a guy a Monkey running is basically showing your hand and telling the world what you think of black people and worse how you think and talk of them when your alone. Otherwise, you could not have come up with that analogy off the top of your head. With Irvin, he is just trying to be funny and everyone knows that. Now if he said that Romo plays like a brother but has a small pecker, then that would be one thing.

 

Which brings me to my other point. Don't Smoke Crack!

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Irvin's comments don't bother me. I think you can question someone's physical ability based on race....but if you divide races based on intelligence or social standing, then you have a problem.

 

"white men can't jump". its largely true and relatively not offensive. just don't call us me stupid....or trailer trash. (even if it might apply)

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I personaly am very impressed with Tony Romo as a Quarterback, must be the white in him. :D:D:bash:

I am white and if my "test" statement somehow sounds different that Irvins, then you are officially a racist, just like Irvin. Funny how that works

 

 

:clap:

 

Can you imagine the outrage and sports radio blather if some white commentator said of, say, Mike Vick or Donovan McNabb, "He doesn't look like he's that type of smart, intellectual quarterback, but he is. Some white man down in that line somewhere..."

 

But rock-smoking knuckleheads like Irvin can get away with it. Why? Because white men can't jump.

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Can you imagine the outrage and sports radio blather if some white commentator said of, say, Mike Vick or Donovan McNabb, "He doesn't look like he's that type of smart, intellectual quarterback, but he is. Some white man down in that line somewhere..."

 

 

Somehow, that sounds a lot more offensive than what Irvin said. :D

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Somehow, that sounds a lot more offensive than what Irvin said. :D

 

 

My point exactly, because even though the sentiment/main point is EXACTLY the same, it's more offensive because a white man (htpothetically) said it, not an Afr.-American man. Just the way it is in today's society. :D

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My prediction: Irvin will issue an apology which he doesn't really mean, and then absolutely nothing else will come of it. Why, because nobody in a position of power in the entertainment industry is interested in a minority who is a racist... they simply don't care.

 

Raise all the stink you want... start a grass-roots internet campaign to have him fired... it doesn't matter... nothing will come of this.

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My prediction: Irvin will issue an apology which he doesn't really mean, and then absolutely nothing else will come of it. Why, because nobody in a position of power in the entertainment industry is interested in a minority who is a racist... they simply don't care.

 

Raise all the stink you want... start a grass-roots internet campaign to have him fired... it doesn't matter... nothing will come of this.

 

 

Is anyone actually offended by what Irvin said?

 

I'm not really sure what the problem is..... :D

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Jason Whitlock, who as you probably know is black, on this:

 

The folks over at Webster’s have asked me to define “bojangling,” a term that is a lot like obscenity. It’s difficult to define, but you know it when you see or hear it.

Well, ESPN’s Michael Irvin offered the best definition of bojangling Monday when he appeared on Dan Patrick’s nationally syndicated radio show. During a rambling, whimsical 13-minute interview, The Pipemaker suggested that Tony Romo’s athleticism could be attributed to Romo’s great-great-great-great grandmother sleeping with a slave in a barn.

 

Patrick didn’t really know how to respond to Irvin’s Def Comedy Jam-appropriate attempt at humor. And neither did Patrick’s sidekick Keith Olbermann. They laughed somewhat nervously and then gently asked Irvin to tap dance to a different tune. Before patting Irvin on the head and dismissing him for the day, Patrick and Olbermann uncomfortably listened as Irvin giggled while telling them that he really liked them and they could pat him on the rear end the next time they saw him.

 

I wish I was making this up. As of Tuesday night, you could listen to the entire interview on espnradio.com. Profootballtalk.com and thebiglead.com have transcripts of the Romo discussion. I’m going to ask Webster’s to just run Irvin’s picture as the definition of bojangling.

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