For a guy who generally goes about his own business and rarely says much about other people, Donovan McNabb catches a lot of hate.
Boxer Bernard Hopkins took a Tuesday training session as an opportunity to fire a shot at the Washington Redskins quarterback, referring to McNabb’s skin color as “a suntan” and questioning both his blackness and his toughness after the QB talked about feeling betrayed after his trade from the Eagles.
Via the Philadelphia Daily News:
“Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He’s the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. ‘You’re our boy,’ ” Hopkins said, patting a reporter on the back in illustration. “He thought he was one of them.”
Here we go again with the Uncle Tom stuff. Because we didn’t get enough a couple of months back with Jalen Rose and Grant Hill? If McNabb isn’t really black, maybe Hopkins should spread the word to Rush Limbaugh, who seemed to think he was black enough to garner special treatment during Limbaugh’s ill-fated stint as a television football analyst.
This isn’t the first time Hopkins has sounded off about McNabb. The boxer says he felt snubbed by McNabb when he visited an Eagles practice several years ago. He went on to say that while McNabb grew up privileged in a Chicago suburb, current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens remained true to their roots.
“T.O. got [into] the boardroom and saw the way they talked to McNabb. Coming from where he [comes from] – that’s strange to some white people, when a black man speaks.
When T.O. walks in the boardroom with the Eagles suits, he’s like, ‘What the heck? I ain’t used to this language. I’m used to speaking up.’ “
What language is that, Bernard? English?
I’m still waiting for the Official Blackness Handbook to be published so we can know once and for all what we should and shouldn’t do to be considered “black”. If Hopkins thinks Donovan McNabb is a jackass because he wouldn’t engage the fighter in conversation after practice, then fine. But if you’re going to fall back on this House Slave vs. Field Slave argument every time two black people with different upbringings have a disagreement, just keep your mouth shut – especially when no one asked you the question in the first place.
Although, Hopkins did have one nice thing to say about McNabb.
“Nice guy. I’d trust him around my kids,” Hopkins said.
Well isn’t that special?