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Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:46 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 3:06 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bernard Hopkins is one of boxing’s all-time greatest fighters (and perhaps the best middleweight in history). But he’s certainly not an effective ambassador for the sport.

Which he proved yet again Tuesday when promoting his May 21 fight against Jean Pascal in which Hopkins will try to become the oldest-ever world champion in any weight class.

For some reason, Hopkins had a hankering to talk about Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, and it wasn’t in very complimentary terms. In fact, this was more of a Rush Limbaugh-style rant.

Hopkins basically said McNabb isn’t a black man in the same way Hopkins is a black man. Or Terrell Owens and Michael Vick are black men, for that matter.

Said Hopkins, via the “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”

As an example, he brought up the Eagles trade of McNabb to Washington.

"Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed?” Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field,” Hopkins said. “He's the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. 'You're our boy.’ He thought he was one of them."

Clearly, Hopkins is referring to slavery and plantations and Uncle Tom’s. And it’s not the first time Hopkins has gone off on a racial rant – he also said Joe Calzaghe couldn’t beat him because Calzaghe is a white guy (for the record, Calzaghe won a split decision against Hopkins in 2008).

"McNabb? Great. Skills? Throw the ball? Great,” Hopkins said. “But there was something missing. Vick? He understands. And T.O. - same cloth."

That said, Hopkins said that he WOULD allow McNabb to watch his kids. So, McNabb has that going for him.

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Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:17 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Hopkins hit it right on the button. Who does this family man , lack of rap sheet havin' Uncle Tom think he is? McNabb aint bad enough to do time. He aint got no balls. I'd be ashamed to call myself black if I was him. He should have him 5 or 6 girls at a time.Furthermore I'm tired of his teamplayer bullshit. Real brothers know it's about them, and if it isn't make it that way or just give no effort. As Rasheed Wallace said, (now there's a true brother) CTC. Keep cuttin the check

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:09 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Oh My FREAKIN God! What's WRONG with Hopkins??? Can you imagine if a WHITE man said that??? You'd have every newscast in the country focused on the "racist white man". But The is asinine-its black-on-black racism!!!

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Hopkins stupid comment is nothing like Rush Limbaugh's.  Rush simply stated that the media/people are more focused on McNabb and want him to do well mainly bc he's a black man.  Not what I would have said, but nobody would have batted an eye if a black commentator (like a Barkley)had said the same.   Barkley made a "white" comment last night and nobody said a word.  Limbaugh didn't think McNabb was that great...that's his opinion, but Hopkins comments are totally out of my opinion.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:49 pm


would make Hopkins make THEM other than sheer stupidity.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:48 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

thats exactly what im saying.. is hopkins implying that being a black man you have to be a thug like owens and vick..
Owens is a loudmouth braggart and an attention-starved child, but he's not a "thug".

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:46 pm

C'mon Bernard!!

The comments are sad. And outrageously over the top. I can't fathom what would make Hopkins make other than sheer stupidity.
McNabb has had to deal with so much junk like this and now he has to listen to a super-boring fighter run his mouth, good grief.

So, while Hopkins has his "observations"such as they are, I'll make mine, particularly after watching the Mosley-Pacquiao fight. Black boxers have lost me as a fan-I refuse to pay another dollar to watch a fighter like Mosley run, a fighter like Mayweather duck tough fights and a fighter like Hopkins shuffle,grab, clinch and hold. Black boxers and their refusal to fight the tough fights and when they do, their refusal to engage the opponent have killed most of the excitement in boxing.

Hopkins is a shining example of this type of boxer. I miss Diego Corrales, at least when my man fought-whether he won or lost, he fought....hard...valiantly. Can't say that for Hopkins and his crew. The last clique of black fighters that actually fought the big fights and FOUGHT HARD, was the Evander Holyfield/Pernell Whitaker clique and I miss them too.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:40 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Boxers are great entertainment after they've been punched in the head too many times.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:30 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

BHop showing the same amount of intelligence that got him those years in the big house!  Sounds like he's been fisted too many times IMHO. I guess if Donovan had 8 kids by 8 different woman he'd make the cut in Bernard's world? Hopkins is an idiot in need of attention. I liked him as a fighter, but he needs to finally retire, and sit his ass down somewhere! 

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:25 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Wow another token sports playa making the bucks trips on they own tongue.

Well of course I am from the superior race and they abouts look the sames as they mammas.

Probably thatg Hopkins boy's mamma was smoking similar rock like TO and MVP7's did.

I am an African American and it detests me that holmes is talking smack.

He just does not knows what it is to be a man.  A man, not better or not below another.

I think it is called.... mEntAl iLnesS ?????

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:25 pm

Boxer Hopkins implies McNabb isn't 'black' enough

Bernard Hopkins is punch drunk,if he question a mans race and imply that he isnt the color he should be then he deserves to be trown out of boxing and his boxing record should have a big fat askterick beside it.Its a shame when a sport figure like was.Yes I said was,has to resort to something like he has done,I only hope that McNabb ignores him and any other sport figure who reads his comments.Shame on you your a washed up bum.

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