Last night Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston led his team to a comeback victory over the Auburn Tigers in the Rose Bowl. His statline wasn’t anything spectacular as he went 20 for 35 passing for 237 yards and 2 TDs.
When the pressure was the greatest though, Winston shined bright going 6/7 for 77 yards and threw the game winning TD to Kelvin Benjamin.
That should be the story. Today we should be celebrating a Heisman winner who brought his team back and bucked a trend of disappointing Heisman performances by a QB in the title game. Instead we are talking about this:
Unfortunately Dee Dee was not alone in this line of thinking but her words do strike a particular chord. Her choice of words are all too familiar to people of color who are not “speaking properly.” And if you are going to make the argument that her words are harmless,then answer me a simple question: why did she delete the tweet?
For what it’s worth Dee Dee didn’t have anything to say publicly when this speech was given by her son’s teammate:
Is that because it was a teammate of her son AJ or because we didn’t catch her? If the same thing was said about her son, how would she react?
But wait, here is her son sounding not so eloquent himself:
To her credit Dee Dee did “apologize if she offended anyone” and is “far from racist.” It’s funny though, she didn’t apologize for calling the kid stupid but don’t you call her a racist! I bet she has a black friend too. Look. it is one thing to make jokes about him being nervous or sounding like a young Ray Lewis but what she said crossed the line.
As always I hope we can keep moving beyond these types of situations but yet again I’m reminded of how far we have to go.