From The Grio — After hearing the ignorance that oozed from Colin Cowherd’s mouth the other day, I have no doubt that if he didn’t know already he would swear up and down that Tom Brady is black.
A few years back, Brady, the three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback of the New England Patriots, knocked up his girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, and then promptly cut out on her, leaving her to attend Lamaze class all by her lonesome.
Brady left his pregnant girlfriend for another woman, so-called supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and eventually married and fathered a child with her.
Presented with this scenario and not knowing that Brady is indeed white, one has to assume that Cowherd would automatically say that Brady is black, and that this is stereotypical black male behavior. After all, Cowherd, a loudmouth ESPN screamer who apparently sees himself as part sports talking head and part Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ready and willing to dole out misinformation and snake oil to anyone who tunes in.
Shortly into John Wall’s rookie season in Washington, Cowherd concocted a wacky correlationbetween Wall growing up without his father in his life translating into what will be Wall’s inability throughout his career to be a true leader.
Uh, what? Nobody with half a brain believes this, especially the people who are paid to buildNBA franchises. But Cowherd too often engages in stereotyping to cover up his lack of understanding of the sports he is paid to talk about.
Earlier this week he was at it again, proclaiming that the NFL, with its majority of players being black and reared in single-parent homes headed by women, couldn’t possibly be prepared to handle the stern discipline coming from Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Cowherd employs the work of another pop sociologist masquerading as a sports columnist to back him up when he refers to a recent piece by CBS’ Gregg Doyle. In the piece, Doyle miscasts as a widespread a feeling among black NFL players and media outlets that the commissioner is purposely disciplining black players more than whites.
Please, with the possible of exception of the James Harrison’s rant last week, nobody in theNFL is calling Goodell racist. As defined at dictionary.com, a racist holds a “belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”
I guarantee you that neither Doyle nor Cowherd, who probably hardly ever sets foot inside of anNFL or NBA locker room, is privy to one conversation involving an African-American athlete who shares these views.