A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
“Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”
― Thomas Paine
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-It hasn’t been that long since, they decided to allow us on television to talk about sports.
For this reason, we always have to thank Irv Cross for breaking the mold when he was employed as an analyst and commentator for CBS Sports in 1971, which made him the first African-American to work full-time as a sports analyst on national television.
Unfortunately, in the fine print of our contracts today, however, it seems as if we have been instructed only to talk about the score, discuss the stats, and woo over a couple of highlights, which usually involves slam dunks or touchdown celebrations.
But, nothing too deep.
Nothing, really worth arguing about.
Just stick to the game guys.
Follow the script.
And, you want get in any trouble.
Rob Parker, unfortunately, had to learn this the hard way, when he allowed barber shop conversation to leak out onto the airwaves and he fell miserably to articulate his argument when dicussing Washington’s Robert Griffin III.
But, every once in a while, an athlete challenges those talk-heads on television, who make a living trying to discredit them.
We saw evidence of this when boxer Floyd Mayweather punked long-time boxing commentator Larry Merchant live on HBO during the post-fight interview after his controversial win against Victor Oritz.
Plus, we saw another incident of this recently on ESPN’s FirstTake, when Seattle Seahawks trash-talking CB Richard Sherman crushed the infamous Skip Bayless until he turned red as the devil on camera.
No puns intended.
Honestly, Bayless looked stunned and embarrassed by the words coming out of the NFL Pro Bowler’s mouth.
“In my 24 years of life, I’m better at life than you. I’m better than you….. You are ignorant, pompous, egotistical…And I’m gonna crush you on air in front of everybody because I’m tired of it.” Sherman told Bayless with a look of disgust
It, truly, was a WWE moment unlike the playful banner that Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has had with Bayless in the past.
But, ESPN is the blame for this type of verbal assault coming from one of its athletic guest.
Why? Because, as long as they continue to promote their show to a Hip-Hop audience, they are going to get this type of feedback.
This is nothing negative, however.
Because, the essence of Hip-Hop is the battle.
Therefore, if you diss someone; expect to be dissed in return.
And despite this memorable moment, this isn’t the first time Bayless has lost his cool on camera debating with a Black athlete.
In a past episode, former Michigan star Jalen Rose pulled Bayless’s chump card, which had him ready to blow a fuse, especially when his athlete prowess was questioned.
Sadly, Bayless, like most reporters, however, seem as if they can’t take the heat when it is turned up on them.
But, as long as, these so-called sports journalists like Skip Bayless continue to take pop-shots at these athletes, especially the young Black ones, he along with his colleagues, Stephen A. Smith included, should except to be checked for being “so disrespectful.”
In other words, eventually, these little sit down table talks and desktop debate are going to get physical one day.
And, no matter, how bad and bold Bayless make think he is, he doesn’t want to feel the wrath of a Black athlete unleashing his anger on him, Django Unchained style.