Racist Skip Bayless says white people root for white quarterbacks

Skip Bayless: World class contrarian, never-ending irritant, and... racist?

8/20/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

July 30, 2012; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) prepare to throw the ball during Redskins training camp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIREIt's no surprise anymore when Skip Bayless says something idiotic. In fact, it's almost expected at this point. It's his job. He's ESPN's neighborhood contrarian, who will go against the grain no matter how absurd it is.

His latest ridiculous statement came when discussing the Redskins' two rookie quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.

"I’m going to throw it out there. You also have the black/white dynamic and the majority of Redskins fans are white and it’s just human nature if you’re white to root for the white guy. It just happens in sports. Just like the black community will root for the black quarterback."

Wait... what?

Apparently, according to Bayless, white folks in the DC area would rather see Kirk Cousins play QB over Robert Griffin III, simply because Cousins' melanin levels are similar to their own.

I'm not sure if Skip has talked to any actual Redskins fans, because I find this concept pretty hard to believe.

The draft-day buzz around Griffin was phenomenal among Skins fans of all colors. In fact, many fans (again, regardless of skin color) were a bit shocked when they took Cousins in the 4th round, since it seemed like a wasted pick.

There are very few Redskins fans out there who have any interest at all in seeing Cousins start at the QB position.

This statement by Bayless is nothing short of race-baiting, and underestimating an entire fan base, and even an entire culture of sports fans.

Redskins fans, much like fans of any team, are interested in one thing above all else: winning football games. It looks like Griffin is going to be the one who has the best chance to accomplish that goal. As long as that's the case, Redskins fans will gladly root for him.

If, at some point, Griffin shows that he can't win games, it won't matter what color his skin is. Redskins fans, both black and white, will lobby for Cousins (or someone else) to get a shot.

Skip claims that it's human nature to root for the person who shares your skin color. Actually, that just sounds like racism to me.
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8/21/12   |   JenX63   |   33128 respect

Man, when will the faired skin skippy quit embarrassing the human race. 

8/21/12   |   kobe_lova   |   62321 respect

" Just like the black community will root for the black quarterback."

Um.. what? Sooo, I was supposed to root for the T. Jacks, Jason Campbells, and Vince Youngs of the world? Like an obligation? No.  Based on the fact that I can't even think of but 2 other black qbs right now, I'm gonna assume that's why I am supposed to root for them...minority report and all. But no, in sports, during the season I am rooting for my super white qb. Even when Vick was here, I used to scream for them to put Schaub in. Course, there are rumors that I may be white. And being from the South, one thing is for sure, some of these people wouldn't let Cam Newton in their house, but they g** damn root for him with all they have on Sunday. :S

Oh Skip Bayless... so entertaining, if nothing else.

8/20/12   |   marcus_nyce   |   27711 respect

As a black Saints fan I'm still disappointed in the 'Drew Brees instead of Aaron Brooks' direction the team went in back in '06. 

They should make Skip wear a foam clown nose for the purposes of journalistic integrity.

8/20/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I live in the DC area. RGIII has been the most popular athlete in town since the trade for the #2 pick was made. Yes, even before the draft. Yes, even more popular than Ovechkin, Ryan Zimmermann, Strasburg, Harper, any other Redskin. Anyone.

Bayless and his partner Screamin A Smith are carnival barkers, and that's putting it chartiably, but if we don't start ignoring them, they won't go away.