Jason Whitlock Explains Why The Seahawks Might Think Russell Wilson 'Isn't Black Enough'
Today on Colin Cowherd's radio program, ESPN columnist Jason Whitlock took to explaining Mike Freeman's report that some of Russell Wilson's teammates think he "isn't black enough." ICYMI, yesterday Freeman posted an article detailing the issues currently plaguing the Seattle locker room.
[Bleacher Report] There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed. My feeling on this—and it's backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players—is that some of the black players think Wilson isn't black enough.
The gist of Whitlock's rather longwinded response was that Wilson needs to do a better job of connecting with his African American teammates, much in the same way Whitlock still kicks it with his childhood friends living in the bottom 1%. Whitlock does not implore Wilson's teammates, however, to try and understand where he's coming from, instead suggesting that it's Wilson's responsibility as a black person to engage with black teammates on their terms because that's just part of the job of being a quarterback. He goes on to say that's especially true for black quarterbacks.
"I guarantee Peyton Manning finds a way to connect with guys in that locker room that are from different backgrounds, and make them feel that he respects them," Whitlock speculated.
"Some of those guys in the Seahawks locker room may feel that Russell Wilson respects them."