Last week, Riley Cooper, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, (Fran’s team by the way) was in trouble for previously making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. He used the “N-word” at the concert. Yes, it was nasty. He’s come out and apologized. Teammate Michael Vick, yes, that Michael Vick, came out and said that Riley had apologized to his teammates, that he knew Riley, and had accepted his apology. Some in the sports world don’t care and think Riley should lose his job for that one word. Jason Whitlock, a sports writer who I seem to frequently disagree with, wrote a column about it that I thought was real good. I agree with him, we need to learn and move forward. Otherwise, we’re never going to. Here’s the article, Jason Whitlock article. I think the Whitlock article is good, so I thought I’d just cover a few other famous slur incidents.
Jimmy the Greek
Jimmy Snyder was a commentator for CBS when he said: The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way, because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs and he’s bred to be the better athlete because this goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trade … the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid …” It’ not really even a slur, so to speak. He was fired on January 16, 1988. Irv Cross, a former NFL player, who was black, said that he worked alongside Jimmy for a long time and never heard any racist comments nor detected any racist attitudes from him. I’ve always thought it was odd that a guy known as “Jimmy the Greek” was fired for a racial slur.
During a Monday Night Football telecast on September 5, 1983, Howard Cosell said of Washington Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garret, who was black, “That little monkey gets loose, doesn’t he?” Cossell refused to apologize, stating that he had used that term towards smaller athletes, regardless of color, (which he had) and used it also as a term of affection for his grandson. Cossell left Monday Night Football at the conclusion of the season, stating a waning interest in football as his reason.
Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Coleman permitted the slurs to be used in an article several weeks later. Of course, Jackson initially denied the remarks, and then accused Jews of conspiring against him. Louis Farrakhan got involved and threatened Coleman and issued vague threats to Jews, stating “If you harm this brother [Jackson], it will be the last one you harm.” Nice, Farrakhan, real nice. I suppose Jackson really appreciated the support.
Ok, I suppose we could pick a few from Rush but we’ll just mention this one. On “Sunday NFL Countdown” on ESPN, before a game between the Philadelphia Eagles (yes, those same Eagles) and the Buffalo Bills, Rush said of Donovan McNabb, then Eagles quarterback, “Sorry to say this, I don’t think he’s been that good from the get-go,” Limbaugh said. “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.” This ended Limbaugh’s short career on ESPN. I always wondered what they expected, what did they hire him for?
During a stand-up routine, Richards said to a heckler: “Fifty years ago, we’d have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass. You can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now motherf****r. Throw his ass out. He’s a n****r! He’s a n****r! He’s a n****r! A n****r, look, there’s a n****r!” Nice, Cosmo, real Nice. Then, in this real odd moment of television, Richards came on the David Letterman show, while Jerry Seinfeld was on, to apologize. People started laughing while he was trying to apologize, and Seinfeld had to tell the audience to stop laughing. If you’ve never seen it, check it out here. Michael Richards apology on Letterman
Imus, a morning radio talk-show host, called members of the Rutgers basketball team “nappy-headed hoes” in 2007. Imus has made fun of multiple races in the past. This one, however, cost him his job for a bit. I believe he’s back on the radio now.
Baldwin has said a lot of stupid things, but the one I’ll mention here isn’t racist. He did call his daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig” in a famous telephone message. That certainly deserved some type of punishment.
Casper the friendly ghost
During the casting call for his last movie, Casper said some of the ghosts trying out for the movie were not white enough and called them “Smokies.” It was the end of his career.
Tom and Jerry
During a famous off-camera fight, Jerry called Tom “Uncle Tom Cat ” and Tom asked Jerry if he had “snuck across the border with Speedy Gonzalez.” They were both suspended.