You remember how legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins got nasty with Donovan McNabb the other day, basically calling him an Uncle Tom and saying that he was only a guy with a suntan?
It was disgusting and ruthless and, oh yeah, Hopkins has a fight coming up later this month that he wants you to watch. Even so, the comments were unfair toward McNabb.
"Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed?” Hopkins asked, referring to the Eagles trade of McNabb to the Redskins. “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.’ He thought he was one of them."
All of which compelled McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, to make a retorting comment (because it’s hard to imagine “the rarely say anything controversial” McNabb standing up for himself in a situation like this).
Said Smith, via the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Ill-informed statements such as the perplexing one Mr. Hopkins muttered recently are dangerous and irresponsible. It perpetuates a maliciously inaccurate stereotype that insinuates those African-Americans who have access to a wider variety of resources are somehow culturally different than their brethren.
Donovan successfully lead the Philadelphia Eagles franchise for a decade. He is the ultimate professional. On the field, he embodied confidence, hard work, assertiveness and a mutual respect for his teammates and the organization. Off the field, Donovan has been an outspoken advocate in the fight against diabetes, which has disproportionally affected the black community. He has given his time to bring awareness to this disease, which unfortunately affects 4.9 million African-Americans. Additionally, he is also involved in many other social initiatives. Donovan has always prided himself on being a leader who possesses impenetrable integrity. He will continue to exemplify the same characteristics in his future endeavors and will remain committed to serving all communities.
Donovan’s parents are proud Americans who worked hard to give their sons the best childhood they could provide. He is unapologetically proud of sacrifices they made for him. Donovan and his brother were raised to be hard-working African-American men who were taught to believe in themselves.
It is vital that we extinguish this brand of willful ignorance and instill in the minds of African-American youth regardless of the parental makeup of your household they can become anything they wish if they work hard and make the right decisions in life.
I wish Mr. Hopkins luck in his upcoming fight.
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