Updated: July 17, 2016

THE RODENT PART II-Bayless-Smith and Wilbon




OAKLAND, CA.-This drum beat continues, on ESPN-Two’s morning show bashing African American athletes, “First and Ten” now “First Take,” with Skip Bayless, his guest and Co host and resident RODENT Stephen A Smith. Bayless makes outlandish statements and his guest (foil) responds. It is very a different show now because Skip Bayless is no longer a co-host. He left the show the first week of May. Stephen A Smith might be following soon after the Kevin Durant rage.

Smith and Bayless continued to trip all over themselves trying to avoid discussing Wimbledon as the Williams sisters win doubles for the sixth time and Serena wins singles for the seventh time in London, NOT A WORD on First Take.

In past years Bayless would counter Black quests weekdays and if that quest answered with logical, intelligent, and forthright responses, the guest would not be seen again. But if they played the game with Bayless, they would be invited to return. The game continued, Bayless disrespected LeBron James by calling him THE PRINCE instead of THE KING by which he is known and wants to be called. If America really wants to change this is one point that Caucasian males reporters can make improvements, communication is the key.

 LeBron James has participated in four straight National Basketball Association Finals and back to back championships in Miami. In one championship game Mr. Bayless gave Mr. James a C- after he garnered a Triple Double. A C- because the Cleveland Cavaliers lost the game. This continues the racial mind set at Bristol, Conn.

 In 2016 LeBron James won his third NBA title and also became the series MVP for the third time. Meanwhile Mr. Skip Bayless got his walking papers from the Sports Leader in May 2016.

 NOT A WORD from the MOUSE, because James stated that he would not speak to three ESPN reporters. All three reporters were on the basketball beat, only one is left from 2012.

The Banter King(Bayless) did not like Kobe Bryant either, calling him a selfish and self centered player. Kobe has won five NBA Championships. Shaquille O’Neal has four championship rings. Bayless has called Shaquille lazy even though Shaq is one of the few centers in the League who has stayed relatively healthy for the majority of his career. Mr. O’Neal won three championships in a row only a few players have done that

Mr. Bayless continued this kind of mindless banter in September of 2011. He called Mr. Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Bosh Spice. Spice was in reference to the female international British singing group, called, the Spice Girls. Mr. Bosh requested Mr. Bayless stop using this name because Chris Bosh’s family wanted to be respected and did not like the reference. Here again Bayless shows the lack of respect toward African American males. BLACK LIVES MATTER?

Bayless was also critical of Philadelphia Eagles Donovan McNabb, and Terrell Owens. He called Chad Ochocinco Johnson an equal opportunity OBLITERATOR (a Bayless word). One question, where is his lack of criticism toward ANY white athletes or do they simply walk on water?

Bayless has also criticized Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, and Sammy Sosa for steroids use. All of these men are of color. When was the last time Mr. Bayless criticized Mark McGwire? Didn’t Mark also take an enhancing performance drug?

 Mr. Bayless finally broke down and scolded Johnny Football Manziel in 2016 WOW!!! That was a stretch.


The Rodent tried to cover its tracks by hiring outspoken CBS sportscaster Shannon Sharpe. It did not last long because Mr. Sharpe spoke his mind and went off of the ESPN racial and political script. Mr. Sharpe stated ” People tell you what you want to hear, People will tell you what you want to believe and then they will tell you the truth”, “The Dolphins are not telling the truth”. This was about the Ritchie Incognito- Jonathan Martin Miami Dolphin mess in the locker-room, the racial tension that finally exploded after Incognito allegedly used the N-word repeatedly to  African American players. Incognito was named a honorary brother in the Dolphin locker room, how does that happen?

 ESPN ran as far away as they could with this issue instead of education the American public why it was wrong to use the N-Word.

CBS and ESPN let Shannon Sharpe go because they could not control him. He would not be a SAMBO or Step N Fetch-it Negro. Mr. Sharpe has his own show on the internet keeping the public inform on issues mainstream media will not speak about.

RESIZEDaround the horn

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

However, anyone who watches the show can perceive a pattern. The African American guest wins showdowns only on Thursday or Friday. For fourteen straight weeks in 2011-2012, this happened with a few exceptions. What? Do Black guest become smarter on those days?

 After this article appeared five years ago, this nonsense seemed to have stopped, and there were more African American guest. The moderator now has become condescending toward Black contestants talking down to them or cutting them off when they are answering questions. POWER and CONTROL… 



Last, the drum beat marches on with “Pardon the Interruption” or PTI hosted by 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-green eyed Russian bombshell queen Maria Sharapova lost in the quarterfinals.

Hold up, wait a second.


Did the Huntress and the Goddess Venus and Serena Williams play in the finals and did they also win the Doubles Championship, for the fifth time? How very discouraging, hearing this from an African American man. Two beautiful Black sisters winning multiple championships are not enough for Mr. Wilbon.

 Four years later Serena Williams knocked on the doorstep of tennis history as she competes in the U.S. Open Labor Day Weekend. This is for her 22nd Grand Slam and a Calendar Grand Slam which has not been done since 1988 by Steffi Graf. Ms Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 17 times in a row. Yet Ms. Williams still does not have the respect of a true champion. Ms. Sharapova has twice the endorsements that Ms. Williams even- though Williams has doubled Sharapova’s number of championships. Sharapova embodies the POWER, CONTROL, of the American-European image of beauty.

 In 2016 Serena Williams won her 22 Grand Slam title in London England as she tied Steffi Graf record for Slam wins at Wimbledon. Only Margaret Court stands in her way for number one at 24 victories.

 The sisters also won their sixth doubles Wimbledon Title. Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova have five, four straight. NOBODY SAYS A WORD.

 Now Mr. Wilbon might want to rethink his 2009 statement. Maybe not because he is employed by THE RODENT and they must continue the racial game. 

It is incomprehensible how self hatred is imposed on Blacks by Blacks. With the help of ESPN, The Mouse continues to exploit their Black reporters. The Black broadcasting SAMBOS make jokes about African American athletes with their large wide grins and their loud laughter.

 Now the ESPN Clones (CBS, NBC, and FOX SPORTS) are following suit hiring Black stooges, Black clowns for their networks and the game continues.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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