A story just came through on statements by Donovan McNabb…this is from the AP……..
McNabb, in an interview on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” tells interviewer James Brown that African-American quarterbacks such as himself face added pressure because there are fewer black QBs — and because some still don’t want black athletes playing the position.
“There’s not that many African-American quarterbacks, so we have to do a little bit extra,” McNabb tells HBO. “Because the percentage of us playing this position, which people didn’t want us to play … is low, so we do a little extra.” In just-completed Week 2, five of the 32 teams (15.6 percent) had black starting quarterbacks. Later in the interview, Brown presses McNabb on criticism of his performance — and if African-American QBs are graded more harshly.”I pass for 300 yards, our team wins by seven, [mimicking] ‘Ah, he could’ve made this throw, they would have scored if he did this,’ ” McNabb tells HBO.
“Doesn’t every quarterback go through that?” Brown asks. “Not everybody,” McNabb replies.Brown then asks if the media is tougher on him than on white quarterbacks such as Carson Palmer and Peyton Manning.
“Let me start by saying I love those guys,” McNabb tells HBO. “But they don’t get criticized as much as we do. They don’t.”
…..I’m not sure McNabb is right or wrong, it’s his opinion, not mine. But what I have a problem with, as I did when Rush Limbaugh made his statements about 4 years ago that the “media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,” is that it’s a blanket statement with no specifics behind it. I believe this waters down McNabb’s statements. I’d love to hear more from him on this, specific examples.
Donovan plays the most scrutinized position in sports, in arguably the toughest sports city in America. If he thinks Rex Grossman is getting a hall pass in Chicago, I’d like to hear him say so. If he thinks that specific media or specific fans are tougher on African-American quarterbacks, I’d like to hear details.