|Mitchell 10 years ago; Rodgers present day|
Sports has been called the "great equalizer" when it comes to uniting the races. The "Remember the Titans" movie is a perfect example of that. Still there are some inconsistencies in the media that make me shake my head.
Time and time again I see the media portray people differently based on race and culture. Last night, Seattle Seahawks defensive back, Richard Sherman, went off on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, Michael Crabtree and social media went wild.
People called him a "thug" (which is a popular word used when describing aggressive black people), classless, an embarrassment and other unflattering words. What they saw on TV was a black man who should "just be happy to make millions playing in the NFL." He should be humble, appreciative, keep his mouth shut and just play the game.
It takes me back in time to my youth when I first started noticing inconsistencies in the media based on race. I remember when Deion Sanders played hurt in a football game once. He was clearly hampered by the injury, but chose to play and try to help his team. He didn't play well and I remember one of the commentators saying that he was being "selfish" for playing at less than 100%. That same day, the Jets played and one of their players named Wayne Chrebet was also playing hurt. He went on to have a poor game, but the commentator said that he was a "warrior" for trying to gut out a win for his team.
Scoring touchdowns is something that is viewed differently at times. The term "act like you've been there before" comes up often when
Do you see the inconsistencies that drive guys like me nuts?
Last one: back in 2007, a player named Anthony Smith from the Pittsburgh Steelers guaranteed a victory over the Patriots in an upcoming game. Tom Brady torched Smith and the Steelers defense en route to victory. On one of the TD passes Brady threw, he ran up to Smith and got facemask-to-facemask and taunted him. The stories that made the headlines the next day talked about Tom Brady's "passion" and how he was "teaching Smith a lesson" and being a "fiery competitor."
Where are those words when it comes to describing Richard Sherman? Crabtree and Sherman were jawing at each other the entire game, so why doesn't he get to have the last word like Brady did? Why is he a "thug" instead of a "fiery competitor?"
Lou Pinella kicked dirt on umpires and cursed them out.
Brian Wilson beat a Gatorade cooler with a baseball bat.
Bobby Knight threw a chair on the court of a basketball game.
John McEnroe yelled at judges on the tennis courts.
Larry Bird was a legendary trash talker.
John Tortorella, Mike Ditka, etc. The list goes on and this still occurs to this day. There are some white people in sports that have berated, cursed, intimidated or (technically) assaulted others and yet they are still "feisty heroes" to many media types. Not even once have I ever heard any of them referred to as "thugs." Never.
Richard Sherman finished 2nd in his high school class in GPA and went on to graduate from Stanford in Communications. He even went back for his graduate degree. He's never been arrested and doesn't play dirty in the field of play. He's not a "thug." He's the best cornerback in the league (statistics will back that up) and he had the last word against a mouthy competitor. At least I thought that he had the last word...
|Crabtree obviously didn't learn his lesson because he's still disrespecting Sherman.|
Does the media (including social media) treat black athletes different than white athletes?