The MLB Has Demanded Colin Cowherd Give A Better Apology For His ‘Dominicans’ Comment
After citing what he perceives to be the Dominican Republic's lack of intelligent baseball exports on Thursday, Colin Cowherd knew he crossed a line. He nervously glanced at his producers and then quickly tried to frame his statement in a less racist context. The only problem was that his attempt at spinning his own words made him look dumb AND racist. Or ethnocentric. Or just dumb. Have your pick.
"I mean the Marlins put a general manager in their dug out. People freaked out. Oh, it's baseball! You don't think a general manager can manage? The game is too complex? Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. [Looks at production booth] The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities. Lots of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities, academically, that other kids have in other countries."
If the logic of Cowherd's rationalization doesn't strike you as flawed, just think about what he's actually trying to say.
- Educated people are capable of understanding complex sports.
- Less educated people are not capable of understand complex sports.
- Dominicans are generally less educated.
- Baseball is not a complex sport because Dominicans make up 10-percent of Major League Baseball.
I'm sorry, but which part of the periodic table explains where a shortstop should throw a ball hit on the ground to his right with runners on first and third? See what we mean? You cannot infer someone's intelligence from their academic background -- especially if they were never given opportunities to even have an academic background in the first place (as Cowherd pointed out). Worse still, the dude has the nerve to say, "The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities," as if the people living their do not have the capacity to reach the higher echelons of academic fields.
It's racist either way you slice it.
Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was the first Major Leaguer to offer his thoughts on the matter.
Dear Mr. @ESPN_Colin before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please
— Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) July 23, 2015
Sensing pressure from just about every non-racist baseball fan, the entire Dominican Republic and the Major League Players Association, ESPN then issued a statement apologizing for Cowherd's "inappropriate" mischaracterization of approximately 10.4 million people.
“Some of Colin’s comments yesterday referencing the Dominican Republic were inappropriate and do not reflect ESPN’s values of respect for all communities. Colin’s on-air response today addressed the importance of making sure his opinions are fact-based and responsible for all people.”
Assuming he was instructed to apologize by the network he will leave very shortly -- ironically after saying "ESPN's never told me what to say, period" on Wednesday -- Cowherd doubled down and reiterated his explanation Friday morning. Not surprisingly, he blamed "the blogosphere" for playing the first 16 seconds of his racist rant and not the full minute of his racist rant. Here's what that looked like:
Major League Baseball has since issued a statement demanding an actual apology -- one that acknowledges what was wrong about labeling an entire nation incapable of understanding complex ideas and that involves the word "sorry" at some point.
MLB issued the following statement this afternoon regarding yesterday’s comments made by Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio. pic.twitter.com/4UoUHDRnig
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 24, 2015
In case you can't read it, here's a transcription:
"Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive, and completely inconsistent with the values of our game. Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people in general, an apology."
It'll be interesting to see if Cowherd, in his final days as an ESPN employee, sticks to his guns and continues rationalizing his caustic brand of sociology, or decides to do the right thing. This is like getting suspended a week before graduating high school...except you're 45 and a millionaire and ignorant to your own prejudices.
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