Michael Wilbon vs. Steven A Smith
Friday afternoon, I was watching PTI on ESPN and noticed that Limbaugh was an upcoming topic. Kornheiser and Wilbon were discussing whether black football players would play for Rush Limbaugh if he were to become part owner of the St. Louis Rams. And to my shock, Michael Wilbon (who I normally like) ripped into Rush Limbaugh, accusing him of being racist.
“‘I don’t know whether Rush Limbaugh is a straight-up bigot, or if he simply plays one on TV and radio, but he is universally reviled by black people in this country and justifiably so based on his public pronouncements, constantly saying things that are offensive. I’m just going to mention one. He referred to the NFL by the way, in terms of the Bloods vs. Crips without the weapons and another point he said ‘Slavery’ and this is in context, ‘had its merits’ and he joked, I guess he joked, ‘the streets were safer after dark.’”
Excuse me, Mr. Wilbon, but you are supposed to be a journalist, so you should check your facts before you go and blab your mouth. If you had, you would know that the blood and crips comment was taken out of context and Rush never made a joke about “slavery” or its “merits.” Accusing a man of racism without the actual facts is so not cool. Stop getting all your information from The Daily Kos or Media Matters, listen to Rush yourself before you pass judgement; and do your job as a journalist Mr. Wilbon, you Nottie.
On the other hand you have another sports commentator, Steven A. Smith, who defends Rush Limbaugh and the fact that he wants to purchase a team.
Of course these football prima donnas would play for Rush. Steven A. nails it; they care about the almighty dollar, period. And for standing up for Rush’s right to purchase a team, whether you agree with his politics or not, makes you, Mr. Smith, a total hottie!