Skip Bayless drops controversial comments about Robert Griffin III
I have been asked three times today about a certain topic that I was going to avoid because it seems silly to fan the flames of a garbage related situation.
But here goes. ESPN’s Skip Bayless decided to step onto TV and play the race card in regards to the quarterback situation in Washington.
I felt that way not because of race but because Mike Shanahan has not been loyal to a single quarterback that has graced his door since he landed there.
Shout out to John Beck.
Directly after the draft flare-up the entire Redskins organization came out and showed RG3 so much love that the world-at-large forgot who Kirk Cousins was.
The Skins drowned the world in RG3. They made it their personal business to drive the point home that this was their guy.
The Redskins are not based in Washington State. There is no gunslinger duel in Washington. D.C.
Shout out to Tavaris Jackson.
There is nothing there except for the feeling of relief that the team may once again be competitive in the extremely tough NFC East.
That brings me to Bayless and his comments. I saw them as they were broadcast. At the time, I said to myself ‘LeBron James is out of the picture for a minute and there is only so much Tim Tebow to around, he’s really fighting for his act today.’
Here’s what he said.
“Some foolish Redskins fans — fans, foolish, doesn’t that go together, right? — they’re gonna sit back and say, ‘God, RGIII was struggling. He fumbled, he threw a couple of bad passes. Maybe Kirk Cousins is better right now. Maybe we should go with Kirk.’ NO! I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to set up that dynamic.
“I’m going to throw it out there,” Bayless continued. “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.
“I’m for the black guy. I’m just saying I don’t like the dynamic for RGIII. It could stunt his growth in the NFL.”
Shout out to Rush Limbaugh.
Now, here is the thing about Skip Bayless. He is playing a role. It’s a role that works for the network and it keeps people talking and tuning in to his daily gig on First Take.
With Bayless it has become less about sports analysis and more about what controversial remark that he can make that will encourage a reaction from the viewer.
Whether it’s the men that he loves or the men that he despises or even the rappers that he pretends to adore, Bayless is an actor whose alias could easily be Lightning Rod.
Shout out to Lil Wayne.
He bows down to Tim Tebow simply because most people in his world don’t. Let the experienced professionals discuss Tim’s mechanics and ability, Skip’s going to drop the zingers about his alleged love for the man as he wields his velvet hammer in his defense.
Let the true basketball people discuss LeBron James in a competent and fair manner because Skip’s assignment is to spew as much anti-LeBron propaganda as he can because it fires people up.
Now that James is off the world’s hit list as he has grown comfortable in his own skin, Dwight Howard will be Bayless’ next target of his unrequited love.
90-percent of the reason that I personally watch First Take is because Steven A. Smith manages to bring an air of dignity to the whole affair.
Since he’s become almost a daily staple, First Take has become less…tacky.
It must be admitted that Bayless’ gimmick does makes for good TV. There is probably some sort of genius in how he took the most obnoxious traits of reality TV’s most celebrated villains and applied it to the sports realm.
When you take him for what he is, Skip Bayless is no different than the silliest hood-rat from the VH-1/Bravo show of your choice.
Shout out to Evelyn Lozada.
So when he says ‘I’m for the black guy’ it lands with me with same amount of force that a certain self-hating character from Aaron McGruder’s animated comedy The Boondocks does.
He’s a joke that is not meant to be taken seriously yet he’s a sad commentary on the platform that he has come to represent.
Shout out to Uncle Ruckus.