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Roddy White calls IOC “retards” for dropping wrestling

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The International Olympic Committee decided to drop wrestling from the group of 25 “core sports” for the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday, a decision that was not met with great appreciation by Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.

Like many other football players, White wrestled in high school and Pat Yaskinskas of ESPN.com reports that he’s spent time at the U.S. Olympic wrestling team’s workouts in the past. White took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, which included the same unfortunate word choice that led to Ravens Joe Flacco issuing an apology during the week before the Super Bowl.

“Out of all the sports the Olympics could’ve dropped they dropped wrestling they are retards,” White wrote. “IOC come on seriously wrestling is a sport that almost every country does and you drop it I’m pissed #saveolympicwrestling”

White apologized for using “retards” in a reply to someone who took offense to the word, but not the sentiment behind his overall thoughts on the subject. While this isn’t Amateur Wrestling Talk, we’ll take a moment to agree with White and anyone else who thinks the IOC made a bizarre decision.

Wrestling may not be the most popular sport in the world, but it is one of the few events with a direct line back to the games in Greece that inspired the modern Olympic tradition. Beyond that, the matchup of two men against one another with no tools available to them other than their own speed, strength and brains is about as pure an athletic event as there is in the world. The Olympics are supposed to celebrate such things, not shove them in a closet.

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38 Responses to “Roddy White calls IOC “retards” for dropping wrestling”
  1. simmsmatic says: Feb 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    Good ol’ Roddy White TV…

  2. finsphan says: Feb 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    I’m just glad they decided to keep speed walking! I’m not sure what I would do without that

  3. rethinklogic says: Feb 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    Hey the guy in the picture is getting to second base!

  4. andymannfl says: Feb 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    This coming from a guy that scored a reported ’4′ on his pre-draft Wonderlic. Roddy is just upset he won’t get to see The Rock wrestle Ric Flair for Gold.

  5. ducej11 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:31 AM

    Wrestling isn’t going anywhere. They are using this as a ploy to get people talking about the Olympics in preparation for the 2016 games in Brazil.

  6. vilelabyrinth says: Feb 13, 2013 11:32 AM

    I wrestled in high school and college, so I may be biased here, but how can they drop one of the “sports” that requires probably the most physical strength/determination..it is the essence of competition..one on one.

  7. juiceboxsupply says: Feb 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    Finally. I never understood how two half naked bears with cauliflower ears sweating and rolling all over eachother was an Olympic sport in the first place. Its perverse

  8. winkeroni says: Feb 13, 2013 11:34 AM

    Roddy White is partially right. The IOC messed up bad! They deserve all the heck that comes their way. Their pockets were probably lined with currency of some sort to include the Pentathlon, of all things, above Olympic wrestling. Bob Costas is going to have to rescue Olympic wrestling.

  9. nomorewhodey says: Feb 13, 2013 11:36 AM

    Roddy was a 2 time state champ. Probably should of added at that in there. Give the story some relevance as to why a football payer would e so angry.

  10. digitalsasquatch says: Feb 13, 2013 11:39 AM

    OK, the unPC bit wasn’t the best thought out way to describe the IOC, but aside from that, thanks, Roddy! Wrestling is one of the last pure sports…one that requires no special equipment, and that accommodates men—and women—of all sizes. Not every country can afford to train and equip modern pentathletes (which ‘beat’ wrestling for inclusion in 2020), but wrestling is ubiquitous in almost every culture on earth.

  11. granadafan says: Feb 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    Wrestling epitomizes the Olympics and is one of the original sports. White is right that dropping this sport is idiotic. Any sport where the pinnacle is not an Olympic gold medal should be dropped. That includes basketball, soccer. Drop that stupid “gymnastics” with ribbons and dudes jumping on a trampoline too. Drop the horse “sports” too as they’re only for the uber wealthy and only a few nations participate, mostly Europe.

  12. vtopa says: Feb 13, 2013 11:44 AM

    Well he was wrong to use that word…it is offensive. But, he is right that the IOC screwed up. Wrestling is one of the ORIGINAL Olympic sports! Wrestling is out but Badminton and the Biathlon stay in? Huh?

  13. thingamajig says: Feb 13, 2013 11:52 AM

    I’m OK with it as long as they don’t cut something really athletic like Badminton.

  14. cmonelisha says: Feb 13, 2013 11:54 AM

    no wrestling in the olympics? seriously!? i mean thats kind of crazy seein as how wrestling fits the mold of an olympic sport to the T.. weird

    on that note why did roddy apologize? ahh ofcourse its the new america
    black ppl, gay people and these people so offended by roddys use for ‘retard ‘should for a super group called ‘ yeah were annoying, we take anything you say break it down, twist it and make you look bad..unless your black, gay or handicapped then its ok and you get a pass’ buy the album!

  15. joetoronto says: Feb 13, 2013 11:54 AM

    He’s not “wrong” to use the word, it’s his choice of words, that’s it.

    Obviously, it’s his opinion that using the word retarded is fine.

    If yours is different, great. That’s YOUR opinion.

  16. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 13, 2013 11:56 AM

    I hope they kept the “Ski for 2 miles, then stop and shoot targets” thing, because I think that has practical, day to day applications.

  17. xtb3 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    Already dropped baseball. Need less violents sports like men’s synchronized swimming and ballroom dancing. Used to have tug of war – maybe they’ll bring it back?

  18. baherr2012 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    I am not a wrestler, but agree with Mr White. The olympic board may need to take a different route on this one.

  19. castleanthrax says: Feb 13, 2013 12:03 PM

    I haven’t seen anyone disagree here or elsewhere that has commented.

    We know what the IOC is thinking, $$$.

    Pentathalon over wrestling, really? Speedwalking, badminton, ping pong, the list goes on of other events they could have scraped over the OLDEST sport.

    Any sport in the Olympics that needs to use an animal of some sort over one’s own strength should be first to go…

    Half the problem is that the wrestling events are rarely broadcast. I get it to some extent and I wrestled as well…by the freestyle division is a lot of fun to watch. If the commentators were worth their salt it can be easily explained as to how Greco Roman works as well.

    Nothing is sacred anymore, even one of the oldest events that is supposed to be sacred to the core…

  20. dannymac17 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    I am with Roddy on this one.

    Wrestling has been a cornerstone of the Olympics for so long. You have crushed the dreams of guys who enjoy it.

    Preferably Will Ferrell in Ladies man.

  21. gbwally says: Feb 13, 2013 12:09 PM

    Go Roddy! Ok, maybe he slipped with “retard”, which many of us have probably done. Apology accepted. Epitome is the best word to describe wrestling’s relationship with the olympics.

    Why does it feel like Goodell somehow had a hand in this?

  22. jerrygray721 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:11 PM

    i’m indifferent to the wrestling however i’m getting more & more ticked everyday over these bafoons who can’t handle hearing words like retard or gay or whatever else get’s thier panties in a bunch everytime someone makes a comment. it really is getting out of hand and it makes me sick that we even pay these sensitive a-holes any mind let alone sending out another post to tell them how sorry you are for your choice of words. well in this case i will say that the i.o.c is a bunch of gay retards for dropping wrestling and i AM NOT sorry for my choice of words

  23. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 13, 2013 12:18 PM

    Maybe “retards” is a bit strong of a word, but half those IOC guys can’t speak proper English. How did they get through school?

  24. andyreidisthegoat says: Feb 13, 2013 12:19 PM

    Mentally or physically. High five.

  25. manilovethepftcensors says: Feb 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    Amateur Wrestling Talk. You guys should get on that.

  26. marcinhouston says: Feb 13, 2013 12:25 PM

    9 of 15 members of the IOC executive committee who voted to do this are European. Its not even an International committee. They voted purely to eliminate a sport where Europe, especially Western Europe where the money and bribes come from, struggles, and the US excels. They have no regard for tradition or the kids dreams they crush, only for cash bribes and fixing their countries medal counts.

  27. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 13, 2013 12:31 PM

    Though Roddy White is more widely known for his football career, White has earned some pretty heavy wrestling accolades in his day — so his cred in this regard carries some juice some folks out there may not be aware of.

    And yeah — they need to keep wrestling. We have so many lame-o events in the Olympics, and the IOC decides to ditch wrestling. No wonder White is frustrated as heck.

  28. Canned Heat says: Feb 13, 2013 12:31 PM

    Could’ve used a better term, and it’s better than the one I used….but I agree 100%.

    Greco-Roman wrestling was THE original sport from the games, and free style was added. dropping both is ludicrous.

    This is what happens when you let pro athletes in and then pull them back out of competition….and put idiots at the helm. Exposure level dwindles. The only way to keep the games maintaining the audience they want is to put big money up for the medal rounds, or put a bullet into the losers. Too many things getting everyone’s attention these days….and the same reason an LA football team won’t ever work.

    If anyone knows what wushu is/was in the last Olympics…please advise.

    Roger Goodell would be a great fit for the IOC committee at the rate he’s going.

  29. thraiderskin says: Feb 13, 2013 12:33 PM

    Luckilly Golf is still an Olympic Sport.

  30. daddyb1gdrawz says: Feb 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    Do not, I repeat, do not apologize for saying this Roddy White. If that is how you feel, stick to it.

  31. justintuckrule says: Feb 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    As a Giant fan, I disliked Roddy White only because of the negative comparisons and comments he has made about my team’s WRs. However, my whole opinion of him has changed because of his stance on this IOC/wrestling issue. Actually, the use of the word “retarded” in this scenario is actually a knock on the mentally handicapped for a whole different reason. The decision to drop wrestling was so ill-conceived that its even below the intellect of the mentally handicapped.

  32. justintuckrule says: Feb 13, 2013 12:49 PM

    More people would watch wrestling than golf if it were actually televised. Who wouldn’t watch an international match between the U.S. and Iran or Israel and Palestine or England vs. France. Olympic golf is unwatchable. If those pros don’t care if they win, why should we?

  33. thejohnsmith1122 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    It could’ve been worst…at least this wasn’t the Special Olympics Commitee that White called retards.

    And I also agree, getting rid of wrestling is a bad decision when there are tons of other boring sports to eliminate.

  34. n0hopeleft says: Feb 13, 2013 1:29 PM

    The Olympics will not be on any television in any household of my family or my own, due to this decision by the IOC.

    Wrestling is the purest form of sport that we have in this world.

    BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS!!!

  35. garyreazons55 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    Basically

  36. njraiderfan19 says: Feb 13, 2013 2:12 PM

    Drop wrestling…….keep Mens’ Synchronized Diving. Well played, IOC. You have proven that idiocy is not limited to within the borders of the USA.

  37. contraisloosebuthole says: Feb 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    This is crazy. I played a lot of sports in high school and by far wrestling was the most challenging. It required daily dedication even in high school. I used to laugh at the kids who threw up in double days for football. Football was fun, baseball was something to pass the time, and wrestling was seriously consuming if you wanted to be successful at it that is.

  38. fdugrad says: Feb 13, 2013 9:43 PM

    The word he used is inappropriate, hurtful and reveals not only his character, but also his limited vocabulary. The interesting thing to me is, that Roddy White is using this term. I have heard him add his insights and eloquence to more than one conversation over the years. Roddy might want to consider staying away from terms that might bring attention to HIS obviously developmentally delayed command of the English language, to mention only ONE area of incompetence.

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