Skip to content

ESPN’s Rose apologizes for calling Gronkowski “white boy wasted”

Rob Gronkowski AP

The controversy surrounding Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been criticized for partying after New England lost Super Bowl XLVI, took a different turn on Thursday morning when an ESPN commentator called Gronkowski “white boy wasted,” then apologized.

Jalen Rose, the former NBA player who is now an ESPN analyst, appeared on Mike and Mike in the Morning to talk basketball but said at the outset of his appearance that he wanted to weigh in on Gronkowski first. In hindsight, he and ESPN probably wish he had stuck to basketball.

“Forgive this term because I didn’t make it up: He was having a good time. He was white boy wasted. He was having a good time,” Rose said.

That was about two and a half hours into the four-hour Mike and Mike show, and at the very end of the program Rose returned to the studio to apologize. It appeared that Rose (and hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic) were being hurried into getting an apology onto the air before the show ended, although Rose and Golic both laughed through the apology.

“You guys got me in trouble,” Rose said. “Earlier in today’s show we were talking about the Patriots’ post-game party and I made some comments that other people — some people — took as insensitive remarks, so for those that took it that way I definitely apologize. Pretty sure I always say things that upset people, get under people’s skin. I guess today was no different. So I’m sorry for the pushback.”

Rose’s apology took on the “I’m sorry that you were offended” tone of so many forced apologies, which suggests that he was apologizing more because someone at ESPN told him to than because he thought he had really done anything wrong. Rose took on a joking tone in his initial comments, and his apology also sounded like a joke.

Permalink 142 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, New England Patriots, Rumor Mill
142 Responses to “ESPN’s Rose apologizes for calling Gronkowski “white boy wasted””
  1. cakemixa says: Feb 9, 2012 10:23 AM

    It amazes me at how many idiots are kept on at ESPN. Didn’t this guy get a DUI not long ago? Imagine the outrage if the video were of a black guy dancing shirtless, and a white ESPN employee called him something racial.

  2. lunt101 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:24 AM

    Whatever. Who cares? People are too sensitive these days.

  3. karlpilkington says: Feb 9, 2012 10:24 AM

    Rascist comment.. if it was the other way around some white boy at espn would have been getting suspended or FIRED.

  4. CKL says: Feb 9, 2012 10:25 AM

    I like Jalen talking about football. He’s a lot better than some strictly football guys. I wasn’t offended, but imagine if it had been the other way around? That dude would have been so fired.

  5. joetoronto says: Feb 9, 2012 10:25 AM

    No big deal, it’s not like it was a WHITE commentator making a comment about a BLACK player.

  6. jenniferxxx says: Feb 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    Everyone is so thin skinned. I’m for calling an immediate moratorium on all apologies.

  7. rc33 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    Getting close to the time Jalen gets liquored up and drives around town again.
    As has been well established, it’d be the unemployment line for a white guy saying similar to this.

  8. dldove77 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    “…Rose and Golic both laughed through the apology.”

    Racism: it’s hilarious.

  9. captainspaulding22 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:27 AM

    He’s a RACIST!!!

  10. Broncofanatic7 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:27 AM

    If it’s the other way around and it’s a white reporter calling a black guy “black boy wasted” then he probably gets fired. But since it’s not, they’ll just accept the apology and laugh it off. Weird.

  11. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:27 AM

    This coming from the guy that accused Duke of only recruiting “Uncle Toms”.

    You should know better. Stick to basketball, which you know even less about.

  12. youguysaretotalnerds says: Feb 9, 2012 10:28 AM

    Sounds like my Saturday nights.

    Seriously though, I was listening to the initial remarks live, and thought to myself, “oh boy, ESPN is definitely going to make him apologize”. Sure enough they did.

    I think it’s ridiculous. Having to apologize for something like that show more that ESPN is hyper-sensitive to racial remarks. The general public isn’t hyper-sensitive to them anymore. I think for the most part the general public, especially the younger generation, don’t see in colors anymore.

    But I can only speak for myself.

  13. thraiderskin says: Feb 9, 2012 10:28 AM

    I don’t see the problem, from my understanding in college, there is no way he could have ever said something insensitive (sarcasm). Atleast Rose didn’t say something that would have gotten someone else fired. Most importantly, it isn’t like he made up the term he used, someone else did, so that totally makes it ok (sarcasm).

  14. megatronownsyou says: Feb 9, 2012 10:29 AM

    Jalen Rose has always been classless. He was classless at the university of michigan, classless in the nba and still classless now in his role as a talking head.
    Can you imagine the backlash if this was white man making a racial remark about the way a black man danced?
    I’d say that between this and the recent dui arrest that he tried to hide from his employer that it’s time for him to be fired.

  15. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:30 AM

    I can hear the shouts of “REVERSE RACISM” now. LOL. Gets me every time.

  16. stoney18 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:31 AM

    The worst form of torture would be: strapped into a chair and being forced to listen to this show!

  17. suhnami says: Feb 9, 2012 10:32 AM

    since Jalen doesn’t believe it’s racist to say something like “white boy wasted” I guess by his own standard we can refer to Jalen as “black boy stupid”??

    thumbs up if you understand racism is a two way street and that there is a blatant double standard in our country on this

    thumbs down…well i think thats self explanatory…

  18. kperagine says: Feb 9, 2012 10:34 AM

    shouldnt Gronk be the one appologising. find me one white person offended by Jalens “racist” comments. good luck

  19. wallacejay says: Feb 9, 2012 10:37 AM

    There was no need to even go there. He knew what was gonna happen when prefaced the remark by saying “Forgive this term…”.

  20. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:37 AM

    youguysaretotalnerds says:
    Feb 9, 2012 10:28 AM
    Sounds like my Saturday nights.

    Seriously though, I was listening to the initial remarks live, and thought to myself, “oh boy, ESPN is definitely going to make him apologize”. Sure enough they did.

    I think it’s ridiculous. Having to apologize for something like that show more that ESPN is hyper-sensitive to racial remarks. The general public isn’t hyper-sensitive to them anymore. I think for the most part the general public, especially the younger generation, don’t see in colors anymore.

    But I can only speak for myself.

    ________________________________

    Yea that’s the problem. The general (mostly white) public isn’t sensitive to it any more and that’s why this stuff keeps happening. Too many people are still judging a person by their skin color.

    People are still seeing color. It’s ignorant to ignore this fact when just a few days ago, a boy was kidnapped almost lynched and a rival H.S. basketball teams’ fans stormed the court in monkey suits and banana suits to mock the other black team.

    People do see color they just seem to ignore it nowadays. White, black, asian, latino or whatever. It ain’t just one race any more.

  21. brennankm46 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:39 AM

    karlpilkington says: Feb 9, 2012 10:24 AM

    Rascist comment…if it was the other way around some white boy at espn would have been getting suspended or FIRED.

    —————————————————

    How did I know I would hear something ridiculous like this? If this is racist, and you are seriously offended on behalf of white people everywhere, you need to reevaluate the thickness of your skin.

  22. liltifer says: Feb 9, 2012 10:40 AM

    “I can hear the shouts of “REVERSE RACISM” now. LOL. Gets me every time.”

    WTF is reverse racism anyway? It’s racism, either way…

  23. themediaisdumberthandirt says: Feb 9, 2012 10:41 AM

    First of all, I’m not offended, but I just wanted to point out the reverse racism that BSPN displays. If this would have been a white dude saying black boy wasted about a black person they would have been fired immediately. Say no to racism in ALL it’s forms

  24. dangonavyboy says: Feb 9, 2012 10:41 AM

    funny how a black dude says things about a white guy and its a joke..no bid deal..hey just go back and apologize laugh about it and your fine…

    white guy does this same thing..except there is no laughing..making racial remarks are not funny even if it it was a joke…then thru out the rest of the day and 3 days later its all over twitter and espn and PTI..and around the horn..and first take..and blah blah..talking about how big of a deal it is..and black sports writers and sports players talking about how this guy should be fired or should do some kind of community service to help fight racism.

    yeah no double standard

  25. truthfactory says: Feb 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    Where is Al Sharpton? Jesse Jackson?!? If this were the other way around, they would be on cnn and msnbc for weeks until the person was fired… Nice double standard

  26. brennankm46 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    For the love of everything white….not the term “white-boy wasted”, coined by a rapper! The reverse racism travesty of it all!!!!

  27. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    I think people need to learn the difference between a comment being “racist” and “racial”. I didn’t read anywhere in this article where he or anybody else called him “racist.” People just jumped to that conclusion and ran with it.

    A person doesn’t have to be a card carrying “racist” to make “racial” comments. That still doesn’t excuse what he said, but it shouldn’t be a judgment on his character.

    No, I’m not defending him just because he is black. I would say the same for anyone else in the same situation.

  28. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    I tired of people being forced to say they are sorry. I was watching and soon as he said it, I was like c’mon Jalen. You can’t say stuff like that on TV this early in the morning. I like to save the racist talk to at least after lunch.

  29. dfeltz says: Feb 9, 2012 10:45 AM

    I am white, not offended one bit. I like Jalen Rose, I am more offended when Chris Carter will speak intelligently then at a drop of a dime try and talk like he still on the streets with his designer glasses and burberry scarf he has on. At least Rose is speaking how he feels, not putting on some front. “white boy wasted” – this is what we get upset about?

  30. truthfactory says: Feb 9, 2012 10:45 AM

    For the record, most people are not offended or upset about the comments themselves… We’re annoyed with the double standard and the uproar that would happen if it were the other way around.

  31. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:45 AM

    White boy wasted: break stuff, hurt themselves, break more stuff, get arrested for doing stupid stuff, etc.

    Black boy wasted: get arrested for felonies or DUI and/or create baby mommas.

    So in essence Rose was right. Bad choice of words with racial connotations. But, he was right.

  32. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:46 AM

    brennankm46 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 10:42 AM
    For the love of everything white….not the term “white-boy wasted”, coined by a rapper! The reverse racism travesty of it all!!!!
    ___________________

    lol told ya!

    Did he pull the race-card? (term created by white people)

  33. konichiwabtches says: Feb 9, 2012 10:46 AM

    No big deal, it’s not like it was a WHITE commentator making a comment about a BLACK player.

    ———————————————————————————–

    If that’s not the truth !!
    He apologized before he said it, and then went ahead an said it anyway like it was supposed to be funny.
    But let greenberg call T.O. n**** rich because he can’t pay for all his kids and all hell would have broken loose !

  34. portnoychunk says: Feb 9, 2012 10:47 AM

    People still listen to Mike & Mike? They’re beyond unbearable. ESPN really needs to make some changes, turning into TMZ: nothing but gossip and trash talk.

  35. jkjdawg1 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:47 AM

    suhnami says:

    since Jalen doesn’t believe it’s racist to say something like “white boy wasted” I guess by his own standard we can refer to Jalen as “black boy stupid”??

    thumbs up if you understand racism is a two way street and that there is a blatant double standard in our country on this

    ————————————————

    EXACTLY right. it would be on every news show in the country this morning if that situation was reversed, and the white guy who said it would have been fired by now, with ESPN issuing a public statement apologizing and distancing themselves from their ex-employee. but, hey, it’s cool to bash white people these days, so it doesn’t even get a second thought. no one will even remember it by tomorrow.

  36. fittytuckin says: Feb 9, 2012 10:47 AM

    @bearsrulepackdrool

    You stole the words out of my mouth. And that term is an oxymoron anyways.

  37. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:48 AM

    liltifer says:
    Feb 9, 2012 10:40 AM
    “I can hear the shouts of “REVERSE RACISM” now. LOL. Gets me every time.”

    WTF is reverse racism anyway? It’s racism, either way…
    ___________________

    lol exactly, that’s why it “Gets me every time”. People still use the term and expect to be taken seriously.

  38. westmantooth says: Feb 9, 2012 10:50 AM

    ESPN has to be holding their breath every time this guy is on the air. He cannot think.

  39. realitypolice says: Feb 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    Every reference to color is not automatically racist.

    I have heard plenty of references to black people on ESPN. I have heard more than one ESPN employee, white and black both on the network and in radio interviews refer to NBA All-Star weekend as “black people’s super bowl”.

    I can’t for the life of me figure out how a white person could be offended simply by being called white.

  40. nebster21 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:55 AM

    is it just me or are black sports analysts JEALOUS of GRONK?

    It could be all sports analysts but as of now it seems like Harrison and Rose both black are very jealous of him and they are trying to make him look bad.

  41. dissed215 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:55 AM

    Don’t agree with the statement, but who can blame him? Gronk just has that “stupid” look to him.

  42. rc33 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:56 AM

    Is “white boy wasted” that offensive? I don’t think so. But calling black Duke basketball players “Uncle Tom’s” sure as heck is.
    No sense in even mentioning whether the Rhyming Reverends should chime in because at this point, they’ve reached comedy act status.
    All that’s being asked for is some sort of meaningful consistency.

  43. cleverbob says: Feb 9, 2012 10:56 AM

    After reading the definition on urban dictionary, I understand what he was trying to say:

    ‘Gronk was drunk as a bunch of suburban teenagers that got their hands on a few bottles of liquor for the first time and got stupid drunk.’

    Rose just went with the insensitive shorthand version. Should I be offended because I’ve made the mistake of getting that drunk in high school and I have a mixed racial background?

  44. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    truthfactory says:
    Feb 9, 2012 10:42 AM
    Where is Al Sharpton? Jesse Jackson?!? If this were the other way around, they would be on cnn and msnbc for weeks until the person was fired… Nice double standard
    _________________________________

    lol, things you can count on when an article about Race is written:

    1. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson reference.
    2. “Well, I’m (insert non-offended race) and I’m not offended”
    3. I thought it was funny.
    4. Reverse-racist.
    5. BET, NAACP, etc.
    6. Stereotypical (offended race) defends why it is racist and every other person below him shoots it down.
    7. Stereotypical Slavery reference. Followed by stereotypical slavery defense: “I never owned slaves.” “Africans sold slaves too.”
    8. Reparations.
    9. Race-card.
    10. All around generalizations about: offended race, and race of offender.

    You can count on these almost like clock work. Am I missing any?

  45. massappeal12345 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    And Mike and Mike just laughed…..and laughed…..and laughed.

  46. suhnami says: Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    brennankm46 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:39 AM

    karlpilkington says: Feb 9, 2012 10:24 AM

    Rascist comment…if it was the other way around some white boy at espn would have been getting suspended or FIRED.

    —————————————————

    How did I know I would hear something ridiculous like this? If this is racist, and you are seriously offended on behalf of white people everywhere, you need to reevaluate the thickness of your skin.

    ——————————————————-

    reevaluate the thickness of his skin??? what world do you live in?? he’s simply pointing out the TRUTH that there is a blatant double standard regarding statements and matters like this.

    You are completely ignorant and blind if you think that if Ernie Johnson or one of the white analyst would have referred to a black player as “black boy wasted” that this wouldn’t be being talked about by multiple outlets and individuals decrying this “racist statement” and calling for the guys job.

    If a black guy says it about a white guy, we all need to “reevaluate the thickness” of our skin…if a white guy says it about a black guy the statement is ‘insensitive and racist” and we get the “don’t be ignorant to think there isn’t a racial undertone…blah blah blah”

    my god we have a President that you can’t even disagree with policy wise without being accused of being a racist and you, like most in this demographic, want us all to push it aside and GET OVER IT??

    sorry bud, racism is a 2 way street, and until you and many others understand that and take YOUR OWN ADVICE and not be so sensitive and not jump to the race card everytime….until that day we will always have racism

  47. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    jalen Rose calls Duke players from his era Uncle Toms and then makes a racist remark.AND he gets pulled over for DUI.Why is this man still employed by ESPN when other announcers have been fired for far less?

  48. lemmam says: Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    if the quote had come from a white guy directed towards a black guy, the white guy would have been suspended

  49. tooz72 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:58 AM

    “i’m taking Porch Monkey back”

  50. neilpountney says: Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    Yet more proof there is no such thing as reverse racism in the USA. Its okay for the Black population to be derogatory it only matters when its a White on Black comment.

  51. rugdog100 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    ESPN has set a precedent that racist comments will not be tolerated – they now have to fire Rose for his racist comments – right? Or is an African American calling a caucasian “white boy” not racist? Maybe the door only swings one way… we’ll find out about ESPN’s credibility now.

  52. justwinbaby29 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    Tiki continues to be flabergasted.

  53. mightymightylafootball says: Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    “Rose took on a joking tone in his initial comments, and his apology also sounded like a joke”

    Correct, MDS. Know what else is a joke?

    That anyone would think the comment by Rose was anything but…a giant joke.

    God damn, I hate PC America.

  54. ee00ee says: Feb 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    thank you bearsrulepackdrool for the clarification for everyone. I don’t agree with your distinctions in this case tho. I’ll help further demonstrate the difference between being racial and racist.

    Rose talking (imo in poor taste) about Gronks race as an adjective is racist. If he had said something like “that Gronkowski is white” that’s racial. If he made the obvious statement something like “that Gronkowski sure does dance like a white guy” that is also racist… but funny and true in a racial manner. Now if he went on to observe that only white guys were at the party, that’s racial.

    ESPN not at least suspending him over making the type of comment that HAVE gotten others fired is racist.

  55. rugdog100 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    dfeltz — WTF does Cris Carter have to do with this and how are you possibly offended by how he speaks??? Ridiculous rant…

  56. spacincasen says: Feb 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    It’s a phrase coined in a popular song. I consider myself pretty sensitive to racial bigotry regardless who it’s targeting, but the way I read into the phrase I don’t think it’s demeaning to me or any other white person, at least not to a degree where ESPN needs to make him apologize. It is merely a reference to the way a lot of (mostly) college-aged (white) kids have a tendency to binge drink–I don’t even view that in a negative light as long as you are having a good time, staying out of trouble, aren’t bothering anybody, and got your life together after your hangover wears off. Matter of fact, I plan on getting white boy wasted tonight. Cheers

  57. pavelfitzgerald says: Feb 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    Jalen Rose continues to be .. .. Jalen Rose, & that is not a compliment. If it was a white guy sayig he was “black boy wasted” it would be a HUUUGGGEE controversy & the analyst would be fired. How this joker is still around is baffling. How many DUI’s will it take?

  58. jgreeds says: Feb 9, 2012 11:02 AM

    He was, in fact, “white boy wasted”. What’s the big deal?

  59. bubashep says: Feb 9, 2012 11:02 AM

    Hey – only white boys can call white boys “white boy”, yo!

  60. brennankm46 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    Another example of how great white people have it (myself included): “white-boy wasted”…i.e. “having as great of a time as white people have” is offensive.

  61. drinkpeepee says: Feb 9, 2012 11:07 AM

    if “white boy wasted” is dancing with your shirt off, is crashing your escalade into a ditch while drunk considered “black guy wasted”?

  62. 6ball says: Feb 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    .

    “BOY ”

    .

  63. tpuppies27 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    What do you call Plaxico Burress when he goes to the club and and shoots himself with his own gun? Is that “white boy wasted?”

  64. surefooted1 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    He should be fired. If the situation was reversed, you’d have this huge outcry and Sharpton and Jackson crying about racism. ESPN, do what is right here. Fire Rose.

    (fyi, I’m black).

  65. ham1 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    This country has gotten out of hand with all the “political correctness” What a thin skinned society we live in….or are there thin skinned people out there who just got offended?

    Get over it. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

  66. rc33 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    lol, things you can count on when an article about Race is written:

    1. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson reference.
    2. “Well, I’m (insert non-offended race) and I’m not offended”
    3. I thought it was funny.
    4. Reverse-racist.
    5. BET, NAACP, etc.
    6. Stereotypical (offended race) defends why it is racist and every other person below him shoots it down.
    7. Stereotypical Slavery reference. Followed by stereotypical slavery defense: “I never owned slaves.” “Africans sold slaves too.”
    8. Reparations.
    9. Race-card.
    10. All around generalizations about: offended race, and race of offender.

    You can count on these almost like clock work. Am I missing any?
    —————————————-
    Don’t lose so much sleep over it, bearsrule. It probably ain’t worth it.
    Some modicum of consistency from the media, that’s all that’s being asked for.

  67. koufaxmitzvah says: Feb 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    Outrageous outrage! White men can dance, Jalen! And we can do it to James Brown! Oww! (I stubbed my toe.)

  68. walrushooker says: Feb 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    Good thing he didn’t call him a straight haired hoe or he would’ve been fired.

  69. xtb3 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:11 AM

    Leftists have a double standard! if it was reverse there would be no need for an apology – the man would have been fired!

  70. joetoronto says: Feb 9, 2012 11:13 AM

    He almost got fired last year.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/01/jalen-rose-pulled-off-air-espn_n_843682.html

    April 1, 2011

    ESPN pulled NBA analyst Jalen Rose off the air on Friday after it was revealed that Rose didn’t tell anyone about his DUI arrest for almost three weeks, according to Michael McCarthy of USA Today.

    It was reported on Tuesday that ESPN analyst Jalen Rose was arrested for driving under the influence in early March.

    ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz emailed USA Today’s Game On!, explaining that Rose and his employers are “taking this very seriously” and both parties “agreed that he will not be on our air while he addresses this situation.”

    On Thursday, the Poynter Institute’s Kelly McBride and Regina McCombs published a story titled “Rose’s concealment compromises ESPN.”

    The report explains that ESPN encourages its talent to “tell their bosses about potentially embarrassing personal issues that might become public.”

  71. southpaw2k says: Feb 9, 2012 11:13 AM

    Ironic that Rush Limbaugh can’t make comments that Donovan McNabb was overrated as a quarterback and the media wanted to see him succeed because he was black, and yet Jalen Rose makes a comment about a young white guy get drunk at a Super Bowl party, and he gets a slap on the wrist. The worst part was that Limbaugh was completely right about McNabb, and he was still fired by the network.

  72. suhnami says: Feb 9, 2012 11:16 AM

    the sad part is, for each comment, you can tell exactly what race is giving the “thumbs up” and which race is giving the “thumbs down”

    this is the complete disconnect in our country that causes racial issues and tensions.

  73. neelydrew says: Feb 9, 2012 11:16 AM

    Who commenting on here is ACTUALLY offended by what Rose said? If so, why? I’m white and not offended. Not that my race matters as to whether I am allowed to be offended or not. I just question whether anyone, black or white, is actually offended by what he said. or, are people just offended by the supposed double standard?

  74. lbijake says: Feb 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    I would not want to see him fired over this matter. That would just put another black man in the unemployment line. Oh, that wasn’t racist ,was it??

  75. fordwuzanazi says: Feb 9, 2012 11:20 AM

    Its not racist at all. He was a white boy wasted and Gronk probably loved the term and laughed. The n word and most derogatory terms for blacks came from a time of oppression that whites used to de-humanize blacks. That’s racist. When did my fellow whites become whiny little punks? Very ugly white America. Its obvious most commenting on this site are bitter conservatives that don’t understand the first thing about America and normative whiteness. Educate yourselves about the subject or don’t and forever be just another loud mouth idiot that does nothing to resolve our nations racial tensions. Remember its our racist ancestors who set this stage and THAT IS A FACT! No matter how much my fellow whites try to re-write it. I guess when whites called me a w###er that’s not racist.

  76. solomon151 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:21 AM

    For one thing, As a black guy, I think it is stupid to make a comment like this. Especially when We get so upset when some white person says something about our culture or race. Don Imus said that the Rutgers Womens basketball team was some nappy head hoes, And some of us wanted him fired, beat up, Etc. And to try to make light of it by saying ““Forgive this term because I didn’t make it up”. Excuse me, but Don Imus didnt make up the term Nappy Headed Hoe’s or that stupid guy down the road didnt make up the term N***a, BUt we still get upset about it. It’s not about being thin skin or anything like that, It’s just that people should have more sense than this. Especially on TV. People have the right to offended by this. It is a double standard. Some of us Blacks, feel that we have the right to say or do anything disrespectfull to another race or culture because of what our folks have been through, But some need to understand that it wasnt us, Me or some of you, that had to deal with this. But yet, We still pick up that cross and try to carry it. I wonder how many of you would have made it through those times. Most of you only slightly dealt with the disrespect that our folks have had to deal with and get all upset and want to call the NAACP, Rev Jackson and Sharpton. Please, Give me a break. Why not live by one golden rule, Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated!!!!!! Dont call someone a name if you dont want them to call you one back….

  77. johnny696 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    And why were they interviewing Rose on this topic?? Football talk and they come up with jalen rose?

    I would agree that the statement was not a racist one, but if it was the other way around, he would be fired on the spot… It is a shame, but that is the world we live in today…

  78. sonvar says: Feb 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    Blown out of proportion if you ask me. He didn’t call him anything derogatory. I’m sorry but white boy isn’t even close to being offensive. Had he called him a cracker I might understand a little bit more but no apology was necessary for this. Especially a forced one.

  79. cobrala2 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    Folks, it was NOT a “racist” comment.
    Nor would it be if roles were reversed.
    However, the perceived rules for how to handle such comments absolutely do reverse.
    But call a spade a spade… do not succumb to the popular misnomers and excessive political correctedness that does not promote progress and understanding.
    Shoot, I just an AP article on how a large portion of blacks no longer want to be identified as “African-American” and in December another AP article discussing the dwindling support of Kwanzaa because of generational changes.

    Let’s all move on, please.

  80. BuccaneerBloodline23 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:28 AM

    ESPN and everyone else getting all butthurt over nothing. His joke was so a non issue. To be honest Gronk really was “white boy wasted.” He made the decision to publicly get that sauced and humiliate himself not Rose. Chill out white people u guys run the world lol.

  81. imsmarterthanyou says: Feb 9, 2012 11:32 AM

    Man of one race apologizes to man of another race for looking in his general direction.

    Seriously, people…what’s next?

    Are we all so sensitive that we have to lash out every time someone who is of one race makes a harmless comment about a someone of another race. Let’s focus on things that are truly important and not take everything in life so damn seriously.

    Everyone is always looking for a fight. Move on from this complete non story and next time, maybe laugh.

  82. 1historian says: Feb 9, 2012 11:35 AM

    2 points

    1) Us white folks lost the monopoly on racism long ago

    2) Jalen “has-been” Rose should have stayed at Michigan long enough to get a degree because if this is the best he can do to get work …….

  83. bjtmeyer says: Feb 9, 2012 11:35 AM

    Where is Al Sharpton in all of this?

  84. greysolon says: Feb 9, 2012 11:37 AM

    People are so thin-skinned and touchy. Rose didn’t mean anything bad by his comment.

    What bothers me is ESPN’s hypocrisy. If the situation were turned around, that person would have been suspended immediately and probably fired. ESPN should let silliness stand without comment instead of playing the race game all the time.

  85. asublimeday says: Feb 9, 2012 11:39 AM

    White people don’t think everything is racism. No offense taken.

  86. castleofcheese says: Feb 9, 2012 11:40 AM

    You people are actually offended by this? Really? You need more important things to worry about.

    Are you offended by me saying “you people”? Probably…

    Also, I will definitely be getting “white boy drunk” tonight and I am very much looking forward to it.

  87. olcap says: Feb 9, 2012 11:45 AM

    I don’t understand the issue. Was Gronkowski upset because of the remarks? Was the apology to Gronkowski? If Gronkowski was upset he could punch Rose in the face.

    Who exactly was the Rose apology supposed to be to?

  88. buflo66 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:47 AM

    Nothing is as dis-respectful as calling a man a boy.

    African-Americans fought for decades for Whites to stop calling grown African-American men “boy.”

    Yet now it is ok or acceptable for African-American’s to call grown white men, “boy” or “white boy”

    Doesn’t make much sense to me…

  89. eliza2927 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:48 AM

    White boy wasted comes from the gucci mane song wasted we should probably make an article about him since he made it up.

  90. kryyyy says: Feb 9, 2012 11:52 AM

    So no one here knows this is from a song? Gucci Mane’s Wasted. The song reached #3 on Billboard’s Rap top 100. It’s a common saying that carries no real racial connotations. Only someone entirely out of touch would be offended, but I’m quickly learning there are quite a few people out of touch.

  91. bosfaninva says: Feb 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    Ah yes, ESPN Radio, where the announcers are not allowed to say “Suck for Luck.”

  92. eliza2927 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:54 AM

    Please stop with the if it was the other way around he’d be fired bid if its that serious then where are the “white leaders” that want him to get fired? Send letters, emails, protest if you are really that mad.

  93. kkickflip says: Feb 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    Gronkowski is a clown and shouldn’t have been partying after the loss. Then again I shouldn’t be ripping on him because when we were little kids he’d chase me around while our brothers played soccer and now he’s a millionaire and I’m paying too much money for at a private college for an education degree that might never work out.

    That said, Rose should be careful and know better. People are too sensitive and he did say something racist and severely stupid. Just because he used to be an athlete doesn’t mean he’s allowed to do whatever he wants to do.

  94. savocabol1 says: Feb 9, 2012 11:57 AM

    Racism exists in these days because of people like Jalen Rose. Was there a need to add the “white boy” part of his comment? Absolutely not.

    You would never, and I repeat NEVER, hear a white person saying a black person was “black boy” wasted.

  95. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 9, 2012 11:59 AM

    Yeah, it’s sad todays society can’t get over this racial sensitivity. If Rose had called a black guy Moon Cricket, Coon, Spade, Porch Monkey, Yard Ape, Spook, Mooley, would it have got the same attention?

  96. antalicus says: Feb 9, 2012 12:01 PM

    Im white and I take no offense because he acted exactly like a white boy does when he gets wasted. I know from experience… I would have done the same thing as Gronk after that loss.

  97. doe22us says: Feb 9, 2012 12:10 PM

    Indeed he did say the truth but the irony of it all is that he was busted for DUI, and in no way shape or form is this a racist comment, people are too sensitive.

  98. ibangrocks4fun says: Feb 9, 2012 12:13 PM

    i knew before opening this thread it would be all white and black people arguing over right or wrong. im asian call me a chink! who cares have a sense of humor people and lighten up no ones dead.

    (meanwhile while typing I hear Jalen Rose on ESPN talking about Lebron lol)

  99. brewcrewbombers says: Feb 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    1. Solomon151…thank you.
    2. Jalen Rose discussing anything football related is equal to listening to Charles Manson discussing the Judicial System.
    3. Double Standards exist everywhere. Tis why there isnt a White Male Celebration Month. (After all we are the evil ones.)
    4. Dumb people say dumb things. Its the ability to recognize WHO is a dumbass, not what they said, that should be the focus.
    5. Cant wait for Baseball Season.
    6. Everybody blows off steam differently.
    7. While i disagree with Bearsrule in his team choice, (Pack fan), it all rings true. HOWEVER, change comes from within. Attitudes are contagious, and bad ones are infectious.
    8. On an off hand football note, Thank you New York Giants for proving you are just as ignorant and classless as Jalen Rose. Taunting and calling out on peoples spouses is flat out STUPID. You want a model for how to be a confident, yet gracious winner? Green Bay. Lombardi’s principles remain with his team. Could be why the damned trophy is named after him.

    Im done, and good afternoon.

  100. carpetpissers says: Feb 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    White boys say they’re “white boy wasted”.

    That being said, had a white guy at ESPN said Rose was “black boy wasted” when he got his DUI all you-know-whatting-hell would have broken loose.

  101. godofwine330 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:23 PM

    Why won’t someone say, “Look. I meant what I said, what I AM sorry about is that someone was offended by it.” That is much better than a BS apology and closer to the truth.

    I don’t believe it is a racist term, and yes, people are too sensitive, nowadays.

  102. td40 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    I definitely don’t take what Rose said as being racist. In fact, I’d go the other direction and say that it was a term of endearment. HOWEVER, just because he may not have meant it as racist, that doesn’t mean he should have said it because, after all, there would be NO defending a white ESPN commentator calling someone “black boy wasted,” etc.

    In other words, he just needs to think a little more before he opens his mouth. I don’t think he was being racist, but the fact is we live in an overly PC society and, whether you like it or not, you KNOW that bringing anyone’s race into any comment is basically a sure-fire way to get in trouble these days. So… no problem with where (I think) his heart was, but yes problem with him not thinking before he spoke (and therefore, saving himself a lot of trouble.)

  103. banggbiskit says: Feb 9, 2012 12:26 PM

    There are too many ‘commentators’ who, after stating their opinions, are told by ‘higherups’ that they need to recant that opinion and say they’re sorry. There’s too much of this going on. Personally, i love a commentator to BE a COMMENTATOR and not some puppet who’s told what he can say and when he can say it. Let these people commentate, that’s what they’re paid to do.

  104. clutch87j says: Feb 9, 2012 12:27 PM

    wow! am I the only football fan who listens to rap? jalen rose didn’t call rob “white boy wasted” because of anything to do with race. he was describing how intoxicated he thought he was. its a lyric from a rap song people. “wasted” from Gucci mane. I’m going to assume not many of you guys are aware of that. its from a bleeping song folks

  105. voiceofrealism says: Feb 9, 2012 12:37 PM

    The solution is not that Rose should be fired because that is what would happen if a white guy said something similar about a black guy.

    The solution is that if a white guy said it about a black guy, it should dealt with the same as this. No big deal and get over it. The only difference between the two situations is the overly sensitive reaction that perpetuates the “color” difference.

  106. clutch87j says: Feb 9, 2012 12:38 PM

    and for the record, the term “white boy wasted” as according to the song “wasted” by Gucci mane as I said before, is actually a sort of compliment. not meant to be racists or demeaning at all. sad how damn near EVERYONE on this post jumped to a racists conclusion.

  107. HitsDingers says: Feb 9, 2012 12:41 PM

    @carpetpissers exactly, thats OUR word! jk

    I didn’t realize “white boy wasted” was a derogatory term. It’s really a degree of wastedness.

    I think its more offensive that a dude who got a DUI like 6 months ago is saying, “Aw, he’s just wasted, let him be,” lol. He should’ve said white boy wasted… as long as you got a DD. And I’d be totally fine with it.

  108. jcjets says: Feb 9, 2012 12:41 PM

    I didn’t hear him say it, or hear the apology, but from what you’ve written about it, it seems appropriate for him to say “if I offended anyone, I’m sorry.”

    I do that all the time. If I make a joke, and someone gets offended, I’m not really sorry. I’m sorry that it bothered whoever it bothered. Because it wasn’t my intention to offend.

  109. d3murf says: Feb 9, 2012 12:44 PM

    brewcrewbombers says:
    Feb 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    2. Jalen Rose discussing anything football related is equal to listening to Charles Manson discussing the Judicial System.

    ______________________________________________________

    Uhh how do figure this? He’s been a guest on the NFL Network quite a few times – and does a helluva job. Just because he didn’t play in the NFL doesn’t mean he’s not fit to analyze it. 98% of media heads did not play in the NFL. He is really good at his football analysis. He just needs to chill out trying to be funny with race. It’s a no win situation.

  110. hushbrother says: Feb 9, 2012 12:58 PM

    Some politically correct weenie at espn told Rose to apologize, and Rose followed the order with the seriousness it deserved.

  111. brewcrewfan54 says: Feb 9, 2012 1:03 PM

    As a white guy who lovesdrinking beer I wasn’t offended.

  112. raiderapologist says: Feb 9, 2012 1:15 PM

    The only offensive component of this story is that people actually listen to “Mike and Mike”.

  113. melikefootball says: Feb 9, 2012 1:29 PM

    I hate when nothing else works call out the race card, but some here asre right. if that had been a white guy at ESPN and said that he would be forced OUT. Why not Rose being OUT.

  114. wickerphil says: Feb 9, 2012 1:33 PM

    @clutch87j

    “wow! am I the only football fan who listens to rap?”

    Maybe rap music is part of the problem (racial and otherwise). I recommend classical music. Blacks DO write and play classical music you know.

    “jalen rose didn’t call rob “white boy wasted” because of anything to do with race. he was describing how intoxicated he thought he was.”

    And if Rush Limbaugh had said “those two teams are going at it like the Bloods and the Crips” to describe heated, intense athletic competition, you’d be ok with it? (And yes, there have been rap lyrics to that effect … plenty of them.)

    “its a lyric from a rap song people”

    And Don Imus got his slur against the Rutgers basketball team from rap music as well. Did that make it ok?

    “I’m going to assume not many of you guys are aware of that.”

    It’s not that people are unaware, but rather that it really doesn’t make a difference. Just like it didn’t for Don Imus.

  115. jg725 says: Feb 9, 2012 1:34 PM

    Unreal – it is just another example of the disgusting state of the way things are – i can’t even imagine the backlash, riots, etc if a white guy made a statement like that about one of those people………..

  116. ee00ee says: Feb 9, 2012 1:37 PM

    let’s try it again. It’s the stereotype of that phrase AND the possible double standard of treatment that is offensive.

    When anyone makes a generalization based on race it’s offensive. It really can be that simple. Let’s look at a few examples:
    Gingrich saying Spanish is the language of the ghetto: RACIST (there are rich and poor Spanish speaking just as there are all races of people living in the ghetto)

    Referring to blacks as ghetto blacks: RACIST (while it is describing a subset of blacks it’s dangerous to try and assume or even elude to that it’s typical)

    Referring to a state of being as white boy wasted is: RACIST (the way it’s said in the song is trying to elude to that only whites can afford to or get away with being so well off they can party a certain way. That’s a racist exaggeration and stereotype. Granted it’s only a small bit of a horrible song, it does try and create a stereotype.)

    I fail to understand how so many people can’t comprehend why making racial stereotypes is wrong. In certain contexts it can be effective and appropriate. This wasn’t one…

  117. canjura says: Feb 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    For the record, Jalen Rose could have also been talking about Wallpaper.’s “Stupidfacedd”, they’re white and they say white boy wasted, I didn’t see everyone attacking them.

  118. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 9, 2012 2:00 PM

    They left out the more important parts of the clip. Like Tom Brady blushing with a rock hard tent being pitched in the corner while watching Gronk reveal himself.

  119. suckercowboysfan says: Feb 9, 2012 2:01 PM

    For the record, I am a 23 year old professional who recently graduated from college. I don’t know the median age of you posters, but “white boy wasted/white girl wasted” is a VERY VERY common term in society. And when I say society, I mean college to mid 20’s. You have no idea how many of my friends use this term(all white) haha. They embrace the term. Relax.

  120. humboldt420 says: Feb 9, 2012 2:16 PM

    So… if it were Mike Golic, Greenberg or any other white radio personality or analyst that called Gronk “white boy wasted” would there be this much uproar?

  121. AceDawg11 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:13 PM

    Regardless of whatever reason, racism continues to be extremely humorous to me. As a black man, or man in general for that matter, I refuse to let ONE word define me. If one word defines you, can you truly call yourself a man?

    Call me a spook, porch monkey, spear chucker, whatever you may decide to use I refuse to lose sleep over it.

    Do I care what Jalen Rose said, no, I felt it was humorous. Do I care when Imus said ‘those are some nappy headed h**s? No! That was actually very hilarious. But the truth of the matter is black, white, asian, whatever you may be, we all need to figure out what is important to us and not get into such an uproar over silly things. It’s a COMMENT! Is he disrupting your family or your money? Then move on! I could understand if Gronk was angry, or the people that a ‘slur’ is being made at are angry. But people always stick their nose in business that does not involve them. If it was that serious to Gronk, let him go talk to Jalen.

  122. ihaveaconcussion says: Feb 9, 2012 3:39 PM

    Yo soy fiesta!!

  123. mississippiguy says: Feb 9, 2012 5:27 PM

    I’m white. I didn’t realize I was supposed to be offended by this until I read this blog and many of the comments. Now, I am outraged! How dare Jalen Rose call a wasted white boy a “white boy wasted”?! The nerve!!!

  124. taltphoto63 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:40 PM

    Prove that there isn’t a double standard and FIRE HIM NOW!!!
    AceDawg11–There is a principle here that is rampant in the USA. It is a double standard. It’s bigger than 1 person. That’s why there are so many references to other similar situations.
    Jalen Rose should be the poster “boy” (injecting some of your humor) for making sure that there is no double standard.

  125. ruvelligwebuike says: Feb 9, 2012 5:46 PM

    White boy wasted is nothing to get upset about, for God’s sake. I do think it’s amazing that Rose called Grant Hill an Uncle Tom on an ESPN documentary, though.

    “He played piano. His dad is a doctor. That’s the black people Duke recruits. Uncle Tom’s.”

    Oh, so if Grant has 7 kids with 6 women, names them a made up word like Elefantasia, and can barely read, that makes him okay in your eyes, Jalen? No wonder the “community” is the laughing stalk of the modern world and no one respects you. Even though you demand it every day through words but not actions.

  126. havlicekstoletheball says: Feb 9, 2012 6:03 PM

    WGAS?

    Except that, if a white sportscaster commented on someone like Vick or Burress, and said “black boy arrested”, we would all see Al Sharpton and Jesse for the next three weeks, and the network would run public apologies noon and night.

    The sportscaster? Sincere, tearful apology. Threats to his family. Front page for weeks. Editorials about how racist whites are.

    Oh, and he was fired before the echo of the words died away. Never to work in broadcasting again.

    But hey. No double standard.

  127. bennprince says: Feb 9, 2012 7:09 PM

    Black boy ignorant…

  128. vincnann says: Feb 9, 2012 7:28 PM

    People need to thick skin the hell up!

  129. MikeisWise says: Feb 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    @suckercowboyfan

    the median demographic is obviously 30-50 white men who for some reason feel like they should at some point be entitled to cry about racism when the slightest nod towards something in popular culture that refers to a white person is brought about. pathetic.

  130. hillzmickelzon says: Feb 9, 2012 8:13 PM

    There is no such thing as Reverse racism.. It only exist in certain racist white people minds so for they can too in there minds feel like they have been a victim of race discrimination. i love jalen on espn gives that real nba insider knowledge that i need in my life & GRONK WAS WHITE BOY WASTED i mean wasnt his ankle hurt? So how did he pull off those moves?

  131. Kave Krew says: Feb 9, 2012 8:30 PM

    “I made some comments that other people — some people — took as insensitive remarks”

    No – i did not take the remarks as insensitive – it was kinda funny. Rather, I took the remarks as hypocritical, as in- what if it was a white remarking on a black in a similar fashion, what would the immediate fallout be. Here- laughing apology.

    And what’s up with the NFL players saying term “boy” all the time? Watching the SB Sound Fx all i heard all game long was “hey boy” “boy” etc. I was just getting good using “homie”

  132. TheWizard says: Feb 9, 2012 8:37 PM

    I didn’t realize I was supposed to be offended by this

    We’re offended by the double standard that exists.

    Not the words in question.

    Hope that clears it up for ya.

  133. catquick says: Feb 10, 2012 12:25 AM

    I wonder what Don Imus thinks? Where’s Jesse? Where’s Al?

  134. minnysoda says: Feb 11, 2012 5:21 AM

    White Man can’t Jump?
    Black ex basketball players can’t help being racist arseholes

  135. ctiggs says: Feb 11, 2012 3:00 PM

    You guys are morons the term is from a rap song. Who cares it s 2012 and im sure gronk loved it.

  136. backindasaddle says: Feb 11, 2012 6:00 PM

    Did ESPN fire him????…….. NO

    Question: If a white “analyst” had referred to a black athlete as “Black Boy Wasted”, exactly how long would it have taken ESPN to fire him????

    Answer: In the blink of an eye.

    It seems that it’s OK to be a racist unless of course….. you’re white.

  137. kingpel says: Feb 11, 2012 7:49 PM

    I dont think black and boy would ever go together in a description without all hell breaking loose.

    But for some reason I still like Jalen Rose.
    He hates white people, but he’s open about it. As a cracker myself, I can deal with that.

    The man is refreshing. PC sucks.

  138. andycapozello says: Feb 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    well this is a joke, why did people even waste their time with extensive responses?

  139. dexterismyhero says: Feb 15, 2012 2:27 PM

    @ctiggs says:Feb 11, 2012 3:00 PM

    C’mon Man!

    Just because it came from a Rap song doesn’t mean squat. Many people obviously don’t know the song. Don’t matter.

    Moron

    He shouldn’t have said it on air.

  140. vegaskid21 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:44 PM

    solomon151 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 11:21 AM
    For one thing, As a black guy, I think it is stupid to make a comment like this. Especially when We get so upset when some white person says something about our culture or race. Don Imus said that the Rutgers Womens basketball team was some nappy head hoes, And some of us wanted him fired, beat up, Etc. And to try to make light of it by saying ““Forgive this term because I didn’t make it up”. Excuse me, but Don Imus didnt make up the term Nappy Headed Hoe’s or that stupid guy down the road didnt make up the term N***a, BUt we still get upset about it. It’s not about being thin skin or anything like that, It’s just that people should have more sense than this. Especially on TV. People have the right to offended by this. It is a double standard. Some of us Blacks, feel that we have the right to say or do anything disrespectfull to another race or culture because of what our folks have been through, But some need to understand that it wasnt us, Me or some of you, that had to deal with this. But yet, We still pick up that cross and try to carry it. I wonder how many of you would have made it through those times. Most of you only slightly dealt with the disrespect that our folks have had to deal with and get all upset and want to call the NAACP, Rev Jackson and Sharpton. Please, Give me a break. Why not live by one golden rule, Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated!!!!!! Dont call someone a name if you dont want them to call you one back….

    ###################################

    Well Said my Friend!!!

  141. maverick5266 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:20 AM

    The hilarious thing is that this happens during the season it doesn’t even get past the end of the Mike & Mike segment. Complete no story being overblown. I cant wait for the draft to get closer so we can focus on the game again, and not the jersey shore style girly drama crap[.

  142. cuda10 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:12 PM

    I am on the Jalen band wagon. He is not afraid to speak his mind and stand by his words, as opposed to the faceless cowards that trash him and probably live in their parents basement waiting for the Sox to start Spring Training so they can curse their favorite bums all summer. Mom. meatloaf!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!