Absurd, he was definitely black enough for ESPN when he was making efforts to break down racial barriers in a predominantly white sport and managed to earn networks and fellow pro golfers record amounts of money.
Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith, co-hosts of “First Take” on ESPN, slammed Tiger Woods for the crime of telling people that regardless of who is in the White House, the office of the presidency deserves to be respected.
“He’s the President of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” Woods dared to suggest.
Therefore, Kellerman called Tiger’s intelligence into question, while Smith maintained that the only time he was really black was when he was arrested.
“Tiger Woods … is being slick,” Kellerman claimed, adding that he viewed the golfer’s statement to be thoughtless. “We must respect the office therefore that confers respect to the occupant. Tiger, is that is what you are saying? If that is what you are saying, that is a stupid comment.”
It is commonly considered that calling one’s intelligence into question, as per Maxine Waters, is racist. And Kellerman just told an eminent African-American that he is not entitled to an opinion, is stupid, and essentially needs to shut up and golf. Why is he still employed by the network? Why have his advertisers not been relentlessly hounded?
Tiger Woods' 'respect the office' statement about Trump blasted by ESPN host Max Kellerman https://t.co/SY3SQG545C
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 28, 2018
If this was a case of a conservative, say somebody like Curt Schilling calling the intellect of a black athlete into question, his desk would have already been cleared off.
However, maybe that’s not what really happened. Smith started explaining that … meh, maybe, just maybe, Tiger isn’t really black.
“I don’t even know if he believes that’s what he’s saying,” Kellerman said, exasperated.
“Well, first of all, we don’t know what Tiger Woods believes. He’s Cablinasian. He’s not black,” responded Smith. “When he got arrested, he was black. He was listed black on the report.”
In less than 20 seconds on @FirstTake, @stephenasmith and @maxkellerman completely insult Tiger Woods’s intelligence and then race card him because he said that he respects Donald Trump, or whoever is in office. @ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/AaYCEo7mWV
— Ryan Moses (@RMoses10) August 27, 2018
One can certainly assume that neither of these gentlemen is supposed to be calling out anyone based on their perceived lack of intelligence. Both Smith and Kellerman are rabidly unintelligent men on television, not to mention in sports media.
This indicates to a major problem that ESPN is continuously canceling shows, rotating hosts, or unhesitantly firing people in large numbers.
These are the types of hosts they want on the air. Their main goal is to provoke controversy. Whether it’s Smith, or Kellerman, Jemele Hill, or Colin Cowherd, they either play the social justice warrior shtick, the far-left shtick, or they deliberately take the opposite side of popular opinion on each topic.
And those who are taking the opposite side on every topic on purpose, they are nothing but a one-dimensional soap opera character. They don’t their own opinions as they are simply paid to play a role and try to increase ratings. This results in making for some pretty unintelligent commentary and programming.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 27, 2018
It needs to be brought up that Kellerman is a former rapper (guess that makes him guilty of cultural appropriation as well) and was once suspended from ESPN for an admittance of domestic violence toward his then-girlfriend and future wife.
Smith has been outspoken in his criticism against Trump in the past, particularly pertaining to his feud with Lebron James, but has also expressed astonishment when recommending the black community should vote Republican.