Kevin Burnett challenges reporter to “put on some pads, homeboy”

AP

Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett lashed out at a reporter in the locker room following Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, questioning the reporter’s coverage of the team, and the reporter’s manhood.

Tom Krasovic, a San Diego-based freelance writer who covered the Dolphins-Chargers game for the Miami Herald, wrote that during his own interview with Burnett, Burnett began addressing another reporter in the area.

I don’t know how you want to talk to me, homeboy,” Burnett said to the reporter, whose name Krasovic says he doesn’t know. “If you’ve got something to say, come at me like a man, homeboy. Don’t hide behind no computer.”

A Dolphins official tried to break up the confrontation, but Burnett wasn’t done.

“Hey, if you want to see if I can tackle, you put on some pads, homeboy,” Burnett said. “Don’t get mad. Why you’re going to criticize the team in your own hometown, boy? You’re supposed to support the home team.”

It’s not clear exactly what the reporter had written to set Burnett off, but it’s safe to say Burnett’s response was ridiculous. Reporters aren’t “supposed to support the home team.” They’re supposed to write accurately about the home team. And in Miami, the home team is 0-4. Burnett would be wise to focus on remedying the Dolphins’ record, and stop worrying about what reporters are saying about him.

UPDATE: Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel confirmed to PFT that he was the reporter who drew Burnett’s ire.

111 responses to “Kevin Burnett challenges reporter to “put on some pads, homeboy”

  1. I imagine the reporter’s question went something like “Yo, homeboy, why you’re not tackling anybody?”

  2. Tell that to the reporters in Indy… I’m pretty sure they “support” the home team… Just sayin’.

  3. “Why you’re going to criticize the team in your own hometown, boy?”

    RACISS!!!

    Oh wait, a black guy called a white guy “boy?” Nevermind, no problem.

  4. The media gets paid to stir the pot any way they can.. The media rarely writes an “accurate” article without a bias or trying to lean the readers one way or another.

  5. Go ahead and defend the journalist. Like the Koala to the Eucalyptus, or the fleas on a dog, all of you journalists and bloggers NEED the NFL to pay your bills and feed your family. They don’t need you. You sit behind your iPad and criticize these men for their performance in a game. With training they could probably do your job. Fat chance you could do theirs; hence the ‘put on the pads’ reference. Check yourself.

  6. Same guy who publicly called Goodell a “liar”, wasn’t it?

    No good can come of this guy speaking out loud to anyone.

  7. He should take that attitude on the field with him. Or maybe it is a lot easier to hit a reporter then it is to hit a RB. What a loser!

  8. He’s making millions and then gets mad if something thinks he’s not doing his job well? Is he so sensitive that no one is allowed to question him?

  9. “Reporters aren’t “supposed to support the home team.” They’re supposed to write accurately about the home team.”

    Good thing that happens all the time.

    Oh wait…..

  10. Next time Kevin Burnett challenges a reporter to put on some pads, maybe that reporter should challenge Burnett to write a grammatically correct sentence. It’s only fair that they each challenge to something the other can’t dream of doing.

  11. Hey stupid people he was talking to Omar Kelly, who is black. Also for you idiots, Kevin has a bachelor and masters degree which he attained in 4 1/2 years. You think all players are like you with your high school diploma and dead end job. That being said, Kevin and the Dolphins suck.

  12. Hmmm Look like the Dolphins are really taking leadership skills from Reggie Bush. Bush told Skip Bayless to put on pads. Bush has finally become a leader.

  13. He should be reprimanded for calling the reporter ,”boy”. That reporter would have lost his job right away, if he called Burnett, “boy”.

    What lies will the Dolphins spin now to cover this one up? The Dolphins organization has fallen so far and is clearly the worst run franchise in all of the NFL. The Dolpins should be fined heavily for providing an unsafe enviroment for the journalists trying to do their job.

  14. Then again, I suppose if a “freelance reporter named Tom Krasovic” doesn’t know who you are, maybe the guy deserved the abuse.

  15. I’m waiting for the day one of these juiced up dudes wrings a reported neck! I’ts going to happen some day! It’s not reasonable for the league to force these players to deal with these jackazz reporters who don’t know chiat from shinola, before they are even allowed to shower! Where do all these writers get off thinking they are some kind of experts in football?! For that matter, what credentials do the writers of this site carry, that justifies them to not be classified as “hypocrites?!

  16. I wouldn’t be able to take criticism if I was being paid millions of dollars a year to play a game AND I had to suffer living in a place like Miami. Man it’s not easy playing in the NFL. Reminds me of a form of “modern day slavery”.

  17. With Channing Crowder gone someone had to step into the loudmouthed moron role. And he seems to do swimmingly.

    Seriously, that is the stupidest argument anyone ever uses…..”You didn’t play well today” “I played better than you could have.” “Well….that is true….but my job is to critique your job and put that critique into a comprehensible order…..and I can write better than you can, homeboy.”

  18. Can you imagine if a white person called a black person “boy”……..it would make headlines for a month with every black organization known to mankind demanding the reporters termination. Secondly, the resporter should’ve responded by asking Burnett which day of the month it is that he and his “gurly teammates” wear pads now days.

  19. Burnett said to much but we all know reporters KNOW how to piss off players, especially under performing players on an under performing team. If thats his way of taking out frustration who cares that kinda crap happens all the time in every job. I personally would like to see him use that anger on the field…but im a dolphins fan and i haven’t see any players on the field just shadows, so u got to take it out on somebody

  20. You know, I’ve never attended culinary school, but I can tell you when my dinner tastes like crap.

  21. So according to this genius reporters should only support the team with happy and cheerful articles about the hometown team…that is by the way 0-4 on their way perfection! Add to that Arian Foster believing that fantasy football players are losers…be careful fellas…if you have it your way the NFL will be battling the Arena league for popularity.

  22. It’s always the same tired, predictable drivel from these clowns with liberal arts degrees from bottom 100 school pushing paper at a lower level job with this faux superior, “I’m better than you because I went to Southeast Bumhick State” spewing this thinly veiled racist garbage. So happens he and many guys in pro sports are smarter than you hacks. I’d not, you would have found a way to parlay your skills (undesirable as they are) into a million dollar venture.

    While you work as a collections agent annoying the hell out of people in debt and message board commenters alike SMH.

  23. Boston Globe writer Will McDonough once punched DB Raymond Clayborn into a laundry hamper. Clayborn was giving reporters a bad time after a big win, and when he poked McDonough in the eye, the city boy knocked Clayborn silly. Don’t mess with South Boston.

  24. for all the people who think homeboy has some racist meaning it does not. after reading what he said i new it was a black man talking to a BLACK MAN. and that reporter was omar kelly a great writer who speaks his mind. and the dolphins suck and i am a dolphins fan and a omar kelly fan.!!!!burnett sucks also !!!!!! homeboy is not racist term but it can be said before a fight starts depending on what part of the south you are in or from!!!

  25. @duanethomas

    Why should we care that Omar Kelly is black?

    what does that have to do with anything?

    cause he called him “homeboy”????

    that makes you stupid and ignorant.

  26. A public display of aggression like this is necessary for all first pick overall contenders. McNabb and the Vikes are getting close to their moment; the Chiefs and Haley had theirs yesterday.

  27. hedleykow says:
    Oct 3, 2011 5:24 PM
    Do maxi pads count? My gf could probably score on this clown, and she’s not even a reporter.

    Your gf probly couldn’t score on him….but I think he could probably score on her.

  28. Hey homeboy! If you’re reading this, why don’t you focus your efforts on the field versus getting your @ss stomped up and down the field… Would love to take you up on that offer homeboy…

  29. It wan’t the best way to respond but many of these reporters are jerks who never played the game-yet they are “experts”-some just stir the pot to sell more papers and some are just plain douche bags that no one can stand. Ease up the man he is just a little frustrated.

  30. I bet if that reporter put on pads, he will break a 80 yard run on dolphins defence up the middle,, hahahaha

  31. There is a difference between being a “reporter” and being an “analyst”. Reporters are supposed to report facts; i.e. who, what, when, where, why objectively. Unfortunately, too many “reporters” these days interject their opinions and analysis that is more often than not misinformed and/or misguided. Opinions are nice for essays, but not for reportage.

  32. Well sports journalism has gone down the tubes, you have to expect the sports interviews/postgame reports to follow. EXHIBIT A.

    @mmmpieyummy

    When white folks are put in whips and chains and dragged from europe to another country as slaves and then have to endure a years of segregation and discrimination designed to make them feel inferior with terms like “BOY”, then, YES, it would be racist for a black man to call a white man boy.

  33. Most reporters wrote for the school newspaper in high school…those “BOYS” couldn’t ball to save their lives…I think they ought to kick them out of the locker room and meetings with the press should be voluntary

  34. You know if anyone has seen some of the Dolphin games. You would be able to appreciate where Kevin Burnett is coming from. He and his Dolphin mates have gone 4 games now without being able to tackle, bring down or win any of the challenges they have come in contact with. Kevin finally ran into a guy who he felt he could defeat, tackle and claim victory against.

  35. This guy has played for chronically disappointing teams throughout his career (Dallas and San Diego), and now since he’s on a legitimately bad team, he spouts off?

    And he thinks he’s a leader for a team that now clearly lacks one?

    Hmmmmmm…

  36. duanethomas says:

    Hey stupid people he was talking to Omar Kelly, who is black. Also for you idiots, Kevin has a bachelor and masters degree which he attained in 4 1/2 years. You think all players are like you with your high school diploma and dead end job.
    ————————————————
    Love this post. 😀

  37. asublimeday says: Oct 3, 2011 5:55 PM

    It’s amazon that they expect us to believe these guys were ever “student athletes”

    Homeboy.

    ———

    “amazon” that you’re checking someone on THEIR aptitude…

  38. dannymac17 says:

    @duanethomas

    Why should we care that Omar Kelly is black?

    what does that have to do with anything?

    cause he called him “homeboy”????

    that makes you stupid and ignorant.
    ————————————————-
    Do you feel as incredibly silly as you sound? Um, he’s not the one being stupid and ignorant.

  39. “Why you’re going to criticize the team in your own hometown, boy? You’re supposed to support the home team.”

    Uh…no, Kevin. That’s not what a reporter is supposed to do. They’re supposed to give an honest, objective, and insightful report on the team.

    The propaganda pieces belong on the team’s website, you dolt.

  40. @dannymac17. How can it be racist if he was calling a black guy ” homeboy”? That was my point danny BOY!

  41. ProDolphinsTalk says:
    Oct 3, 2011 5:20 PM
    Go ahead and defend the journalist. Like the Koala to the Eucalyptus, or the fleas on a dog, all of you journalists and bloggers NEED the NFL to pay your bills and feed your family. They don’t need you. You sit behind your iPad and criticize these men for their performance in a game. With training they could probably do your job. Fat chance you could do theirs; hence the ‘put on the pads’ reference. Check yourself.

    ____________
    Wow Burnett, who did you pay to write this for you?

  42. asublimeday says:
    Oct 3, 2011 5:55 PM
    It’s amazon that they expect us to believe these guys were ever “student athletes”

    Homeboy.

    —————————-

    “Amazon”??? Your making it hard for us to believe you were ever just a Student lol

  43. I see a frustrated linebacker who probably should have forgone the press conference rather than giving the parasitic vermin [press] the satisfaction.

    Live and learn Kevin. Better yet use it on the field. “Tacklin’ fuel”.

  44. Its about damn time!! I get sick of listening to these know-it-all “reporters” asking stupid questions just to get a rise out of players. Then when they do, everybody slams them for it… Take yesterday for example, when a reporter asked Mike Vick “How does it feel to be 1-3?”.. Really?? What kind of jack ass question is that? It was ment to get a rise out of him so all the “experts” could slam him.. Now im not a fan of Vick or the Eagles, but enough is enough.. Your job is to report the news, not insert your half wit opinion , so do your damn jobs and stop trying to start a sh*tstorm.. anyways thats just my half wit opinion..

  45. Time to Quote President Harry Truman, ” if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen ” you are paid to make tackles, perhaps you didn’t understand that, and leave home boy alone, he is doing his job, what about you? Bill p.s. Don’t worry, you will be cut as soon as a replacement is found.

  46. Good. Finally someone calls out the Miami media for the negativity they install in that locker room. I know the dolphins haven’t won. But they have been in every one of these games late. F U Miami media!

  47. naygerkid says:
    Oct 3, 2011 7:45 PM
    asublimeday says:
    Oct 3, 2011 5:55 PM
    It’s amazon that they expect us to believe these guys were ever “student athletes”

    Homeboy.

    —————————-

    “Amazon”??? Your making it hard for us to believe you were ever just a Student lol
    *********************************************************

    So are you. Not to defend the inexcusable use of “amazon” (seriously asublimeday, look up what “amazon” is), but the proper grammar is “you’re”. Not “your”. “Your” is possessive, as in “Your team sucks.” “You’re” is a contraction of “you are”, as in “You’re making it hard for us to ever believe you were a student.”

  48. Well, this wasn’t a wise thing to do. Sure, many fans (and writers) are “wannabe tough guys” but the NFL is a professional league; it charges a high admission price and part of the entertainment is to live vicariously through the fortunes of the team.

    Re: “black guy using the term boy”: yeah, it was rude, but slurs have a context; “boy” was not a slur that black men have used against white men for hundreds of years. There is really no symmetry here.

    But yeah, the player screwed up here (no fans means no paycheck) and will probably be disciplined.

  49. Hey dopes, next time you have a free minute take a look around the league and find out how many owners, coaches (including head coaches), GM’s and scouts have never played a down of football. Means absolutely nothing. They aren’t designing high rises, they are playing a frigging game. I don’t care if burnett has a masters or a doctorate he made himself sound like a classless uneducated jerk and if i was his alma mater I would pull his diploma. Remember these guys get millions to play a game. They make a sacrfice with their bodies I get it, but so does the guy who works in a power or chemical plant and make 35K per year. When I do not perform my job at an expected level I hear about it, when these overpaid jerks like this guy don’t play well he should expect to hear about it. Would love to know if he attended the classes for rookies when he came into the league… probably had something better to do. lastly cool it with the black and white…last time I checked it is 2011 and I cannot imagine many white folks on here asked a black person to move to the back of the bus just like I cannot imagine a black person on here was ever a slave. This idiot should be calling out his teammates that stink…however, they are probably bigger than him. I just wasted 5 minutes trying to find out what his degree is in….ironically listed nowhere…

  50. Without a doubt, if that white reporter called Burnett “boy”, the black communty would be calling for his hide, and GET it.

    Burnett needs to be held just as accountable.

  51. The reporter should’ve challenged Burnett to complete a sentence using proper English since those are the tools of his trade.

  52. duanethomas says: “…Also for you idiots, Kevin has a bachelor and masters degree which he attained in 4 1/2 years…”

    Any school that hands a masters degree to someone who uses double negatives should immediately have the accreditation revoked.

    I don’t not think he didn’t not never get that degree not the honest way without never not doing no hard work, homeboy.

  53. richm2256 says:

    Without a doubt, if that white reporter called Burnett “boy”, the black communty would be calling for his hide, and GET it.

    Burnett needs to be held just as accountable.
    ————————————————-

    What white reporter? The reporter was black. That’s why Burnett called him “homeboy.” GET it? (Do you always assume reporters are white?)

    Awww, another chance to lecture an African American on racism … thwarted! Darn! 😀

  54. bigbirdsfan says:

    You spent five minutes looking for Kevin Burnett’s degree and you still couldn’t find it? Let me introduce you to a website known as google. Go there, type “Kevin Burnett Masters degree” and ‘ironically’ you will see he received a masters degree in sports management from the University of Tennessee. Ironically you have to read in order to find this out.

  55. I’m seeing a number of comments to the effect that reporters/media members are a bunch of leeches feeding off the skills and hard work of the players in order to make money. This I don’t dispute. The flip side of that is that without said media members drawing attention to the sport and assuring that us fans are able to get our football fix every day of the week and not just on Sundays, those players aren’t making the same kind of money they do now. Red Grange’s games weren’t on TV. Red Grange didn’t have websites devoted to reporting and dissecting his every word. And Red Grange never got a fat $25 mil. signing bonus. So it’s not just the reporters, but the players. The players are leeches too.

    And don’t forget about us! Without us coming daily to places like this, there would be no media to broadcast the games and write the stories laced with ads that pay for the sport that we like to watch so it gets covered for us. Everybody’s sucking everybody’s blood in this equation.

  56. naygerkid says:
    Oct 3, 2011 7:45 PM
    asublimeday says:
    Oct 3, 2011 5:55 PM
    It’s amazon that they expect us to believe these guys were ever “student athletes”

    Homeboy.

    —————————-

    “Amazon”??? Your making it hard for us to believe you were ever just a Student lol
    *********************************************************

    So are you. Not to defend the inexcusable use of “amazon” (seriously asublimeday, look up what “amazon” is), but the proper grammar is “you’re”. Not “your”. “Your” is possessive, as in “Your team sucks.” “You’re” is a contraction of “you are”, as in “You’re making it hard for us to ever believe you were a student.”
    ——

    Groan. IPhone with a terrible signal leads to autocorrect with no chance to change before posting.

    Homeboy.

  57. It’s always the same tired, predictable drivel from these clowns with liberal arts degrees from bottom 100 school pushing paper at a lower level job with this faux superior, “I’m better than you because I went to Southeast Bumhick State” spewing this thinly veiled racist garbage. So happens he and many guys in pro sports are smarter than you hacks. I’d not, you would have found a way to parlay your skills (undesirable as they are) into a million dollar venture.

    While you work as a collections agent annoying the hell out of people in debt and message board commenters alike SMH.
    ——–

    Fighting wild assumptions with assumptions.

    You win!

    And, IMO, they’re not veiled racist comments. They’re racist.

  58. people said we lost a special player when KB jumped from sd to miami

    miami 0-4
    chargers a lackluster 3-1

    but still…how does that doughnut taste, kevin?

  59. justentertainingthestupid says: Oct 3, 2011 9:33 PM

    Good. Finally someone calls out the Miami media for the negativity they install in that locker room. I know the dolphins haven’t won. But they have been in every one of these games late. F U Miami media!

    _____________________________

    Are you reporting in from da da land?

    You think the Pats leading 38 – 17 with 5 minutes left is them being “in every one of these games late”.

    I’ll give you this – you’re one hell of an optimist.

  60. Didn’t Omar play NFL level wide out?

    Anyhoos here’s another prime example of Irelands GM skills. He lets go of Channing Crowder (team leader and no tackling skills) for a high priced Kevin Burnett (no team lead skills and no tackling skills)?! Kinda like the upgrade he’s done to everything else.

  61. duanethomas says:
    Kevin has a bachelor and masters degree
    ———————————————-
    dis’ mus’ be why dee homeboy be talkin’ so
    art-i-coo-lat-lee.

  62. I think it’s disrespectful to call any other man “boy” regardless of color.

    And considering the racially charged past of that word, ridiculous for a black man to call another one that.

    It’s like calling him the “N” word. Which I also find ridiculous that the practice is widely accepted by blacks when THEY use it.

    (See Whoopi explanation on this..)

    LOL….

  63. Deb says:
    What white reporter? The reporter was black. That’s why Burnett called him “homeboy.” GET it? (Do you always assume reporters are white?)

    Awww, another chance to lecture an African American on racism … thwarted! Darn!
    —————————————————————
    Another “holier than thou” post from the legendary Deb.

    Why would I think Omar Kelly was white? Well, first of all, at least four posters ahead of me mentioned him being white, and being that I don’t live in Miami and I’m not familiar with the Dolphins beat writers, why would I challenge that?

    All of which ignores the fact that it doesn’t MATTER that Kelly is black. Burnett called another man “boy”. Not just “homeboy”, but BOY.

    I know you think you’re an expert on everything, Miss Deb, but the one thing you CAN’T be an expert on is being a “guy”, and when one guy calls another guy “boy”, there’s no other way to spin it; it’s an insult, a put-down, and Kevin Burnett was dead wrong for that.

    You may THINK you have a set of balls, Deb, but you don’t. You could never understand how wrong Burnett was for this; black or otherwise, he was WRONG, and every “guy”here knows that.

    Awww, another chance to lecture a male on sexism … thwarted! Darn!

  64. Burnett is doing a great job filling the off-the-field role that Channing Crowder held. Sadly, though, Crowder performed better on the field. Does that show that everyone was wrong and Crowder really isn’t that bad of a player? Or that everyone was right, but Burnett just sucks that much more?

  65. I love how fans try to find every way they can to make themselves relevant — the latest in this generation in the past 10-15 years is the assertion that fans pay players’ salaries.

    FOH.

    You don’t. TV contracts and other guaranteed monies OUTSIDE of gate/concessions pay their wages. So you can fall back with your self-righteous BS, as if the thought that your measly $75 pays their salaries.

  66. duanethomas says: Oct 3, 2011 5:36 PM

    Kevin has a bachelor and masters degree which he attained in 4 1/2 years.
    **************************************************
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I doubt his major was linguistics

  67. @richm2256 …

    Nice try for a comeback, but it won’t wash. We both know which of us has staked out the “holier than thou” territory on the football blog. I’m not the one routinely calling down hellfire and brimstone on all these amoral players and coaches. And breaking down “homeboy” into its parts won’t tighten your grip on the straws you were grasping.

    As for me not having balls, well, thank goodness! If I did, I might have to think with them like you guys do most of the time. 😀

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