Colin Cowherd Responds To Backlash Against ‘Dominicans’ Comment By Going After Deadspin
Thursday, Deadspin posted a short clip of Colin Cowherd saying that sounded more racist -- and/or ethnocentric -- than it actually was. In its entirety, the segment was at least misguided and wrong and unfair. In making a case for why baseball is "simple," Cowherd cited the number of Dominican players in the MLB, pointing to their lack of education as an indication that the sport must be simpler as a result.
Cowherd's logic is ridiculous. In no way does your lack of education dictate your capacity to understand complex sports, and he knows this. If it did, one could make the opposite argument that baseball is MORE complex than other sports because of the number of Japanese players in Major League Baseball (Japan is the third most educated country on Earth). What he was saying is that he thinks Dominicans are stupid. It was grade-A Freudian racism.
"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."
Sooo they wouldn't be able to understand football? Pfff, ok.
Even the Major League Baseball Players Association is pissed at him. They knew what he was getting at and they heard more than just the 16 seconds posted on Screengrabber. (During his show Friday, Cowherd defended himself by saying Deadspin did not show the entire rant, which made him sound racist when he was not.)
[USA Today] It wasn’t only Dominicans who were offended by Cowherd’s implication that players from that nation are not smart. The players association has not issued a formal statement, but a person close to the union assailed Cowherd’s professionalism and termed the comments ignorant and offensive.
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic, also said the lack of response from ESPN - and Cowherd's future employer, Fox, has upset its members just as much as the comments, and they will consider withholding cooperation with the networks. ESPN and Fox are national rightsholders to major league games, and Fox carries its jewel events, the All-Star Game and World Series.
An ESPN spokesperson reached around midnight ET said any comments regarding the Cowherd controversy would not be forthcoming until Friday.
Sensing the backlash, here's how he opened his show today:
"I don't think I should be defined by 16 seconds of a minute rant edited on a site owned by a blog company currently in a $100 million lawsuit for airing improper audio and videotape. I'll run my 57 seconds that yesterday somebody edited, took a segment of, and said, 'There's institutional racism! That host should be fired!' I'm not here to double down but I think I have a right to run the entire tape."
He went on to toss around a few figures about the education system in the Dominican Republic, as if that's what determines a person's ability to grasp more nuanced games. Much like Cowherd doesn't think he should be defined by 16 seconds of audio, I don't think an entire country's intelligence should be defined by how many college credits they have access to.
The full response, below:
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