The Ultimate ‘Mouse’ Trap (Part Two)

By Gary Norris Gray, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: July 25, 2009

Just Say No CALIFORNIA (BASN) — This year before the NFL Draft, ESPN analysts were grading players. When a black player was the subject, the player was depicted as incompetent.

These reports would state that the Black player can’t do this or he can’t do that or he’s too selfish, too short, does not understand pro style offenses or defenses, or that he simply can’t catch the football.

Given the harsh scrutiny, a lawsuit shouldn’t be that far behind.

The NFL teams listen to this nonsense and usually drop the African-American player down in the draft to the lower rounds, costing them hundreds and thousands of dollars.

The constant drum beat goes on and on, Black athletes are not good enough yet they keep playing and keep winning games.

While this phenomenon has being ongoing since ESPN’s existence, clear evidence of this came to a head six years ago, when the Mouse hired Rush Limbaugh to fill the set on “NFL Countdown” Sunday mornings.

It would not be long before Limbaugh would speak his mind.

Limbaugh stated that Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles was anoverrated Black quarterback and that the liberal media was babying these new Black quarterbacks and they are not good enough to start.

Rush overlooked the clear fact that McNabb took the Eagles to four straight NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance. So what was your point again, Rush?

The Mouse knew that he would pontificate on the issue of Black quarterbacks. The Mouse did not expect the national reaction to his comments. Limbaugh would resign a week later.

In Major League Baseball, The Mouse started this scenario in 2001 with Barry Bonds and the BALCO Steroid Scandal. Bonds became the Mouse’s poster boy for steroids.

That year, Bonds broke the single-season home run record.

In 2007, the Mouse wanted to broadcast many San Francisco Giant games to keep track of Bonds chasing Henry Aaron’s all-time home run mark, but whenever The Mouse showed up at AT&T Park, Bonds was a no-show interviewee.

It would be later revealed that Barry did this on purpose as a silent protest of the way he was being portrayed on this network. Barry never forgot the way the media treated his father Bobby and wanted no part of this circus.

The Mouse finally got wise and stopped broadcasting Giant games resortingto network cut-ins when Barry would come to the plate. The Mouse never questioned Commissioner Bud Selig nor have they questioned the owners, trainers, or managers about their knowledge of steroid use by the players.

Selig, the owners, and the MLB Players Association continues to pick and choose which players will be leaked from an alleged secret and confidential list of player drug tests from 2003.

The drum beat has been steady and constant through the years.

Another example could be Harold Reynolds, a man that has earned the respect of the fans because he is a knowledgeable man; an African American malethat played professional baseball.

Reynolds had been broadcasting the College World Series for The Mouse for many years. During one of the semifinals, Reynolds made a statement that there were not many African American baseball players on college diamonds and that it troubled him.

Within that same year Reynolds was released by The Mouse, citing allegedsexual harassment by a female employee.

This drum beat continues, on ESPN2’s morning show, “1st and Ten”, with SkipBayless and his guest. Bayless makes outlandish statements and his guest (foil) would respond.

If the guest is Black and makes a logical, intelligent and forthright answer, the guest would not be seen again on the show. But if he played the game with Bayless, they would be invited to return.

Bayless continues to disrespect LeBron James by calling him prince insteadof king which he is known. Bayless does not like Kobe Bryant either, calling him a selfish and self centered player.

Kobe has won four NBA Championships. Bayless has called Shaquille O’Neal lazy even though Shaq is one of the few centers in the League that has stayed relatively healthy for the most of his career.

By the way, Shaq also has four championship rings, Mr. Bayless.

Bayless has also been critical of Donovan McNabb, and Terrell Owens. Thelast time I checked neither player has played on a losing team.

Bayless has also criticized Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez,Miguel Tejada, and Sammy Sosa for steroids use. All of these men are men of color. When was the last time Mr. Bayless criticized Mr. Mark McGwire?

Didn’t Mark also take an enhancing performance drug, Mr. Bayless?

The drum beat continues with the show called “Around the Horn” A showof competitive banter with four guests from different newspapers across the country.

However, anyone who watches the show one can decipher a pattern. The African American guest wins showdowns only on Thursday or Friday. For 14 straight weeks, this has happened with a few exceptions.

The drum beat marches on with “Pardon the Interruption” or PTI hostedby Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, an African American.

During the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Mr. Wilbon stated that he would not watch the remainder of the Women’s Finals after the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Russian bombshell Maria Sharapova lost in the quarterfinals.

Hold up, wait a second.

Didn’t African Americans Venus and Serena Williams play in the finals and didn’t they also win the Doubles Championship, for the fifth time? How very discouraging hearing this from an African American man.

There is a void of praise for his African American sisters of great talent.

NEXT: More on ESPN’s bias.