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Martellus Bennett takes issue with Whitlock’s position on racism against the rich

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To the undoubted delight of Jamie Horowitz, Jason Whitlock of FS1 spent most of Thursday as a trending topic on Twitter because of something he said about LeBron James. Never mind the fact that most disagreed with Whitlock’s belief that, essentially, racism doesn’t count when it’s directed at the rich; Horowitz wants FS1 to be an all-day, every-day, hot-take factory that has people reacting and thus watching and listening for the next outlandish oven-mitted observation to react and watch and listen to.

One of those who reacted strongly and repeated to Whitlock’s argument was Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, who called out Whitlock in a stream of tweets aimed at making it clear that racism is racism regardless of how much money the person on the wrong end of the behavior makes or doesn’t make. Bennett’s overriding point seems to be that Whitlock believes that African-Americans with money (including Whitlock) are in some way better than African-Americans without it.

“Your black skin is different from the poor peoples black skin,” Bennett said to Whitlock after Whitlock tried to tell Bennett that he “clearly” missed the point. “But not mine, I still have that poor black skin bruh.”

It wasn’t only Bennett who called out Whitlock. As outlined by Jimmy Traina of SI.com, Mike Hill of FS1 also opted to express with surprising candor his disagreement with Whitlock’s words — and with Hill’s employers methods or embracing conflict in the hopes of filling coffers.

There’s another dynamic possibly at play here. Multiple FOX employees have reveled in the demise of ESPN, erroneously pinning it on left-leaning politics. This has set the stage for a not-so-subtle effort to use the ESPN example as a way to bully others in the sports media from daring to tiptoe to the left of center, possibly setting the stage for “fair and balanced” right-of-center views to take over the sports conversation.

This doesn’t mean FS1 will be going the way of FOX News. Horowitz knows that echo chambers don’t sell nearly as well as octagons, and that creating thick conflict out of thin air becomes the agenda and the objective, regardless of whether those throwing the punches truly believe what they are saying.

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  1. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    On what planet would Whitlock’s position be considered “right of center”? Color me surprised that this website automatically considers stupid comments to represent conservative views.

  2. valentino8100 says: Jun 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    Yes, racism is indeed racism, even when we’re talking about the brand subscribed to by Bennett himself as evidenced by much of the man’s social media. A “fair and balanced” approach by the media would include treating that reality as such.

  3. brianc34 says: Jun 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    Call me what you want in my 21 Million dollar second home. Words don’t mean sh*t.

  4. joetoronto says: Jun 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    The people who always scream racism are the racists, no matter the color of their skin.

  5. abanig says: Jun 2, 2017 12:22 PM

    I’m beginning to this, Jason Whitlock should be unemployed. Who’s that guy at espn who got fired because he was trying to explain how other African American athletes feel about RG3? The same should happen here to Whitlock.

    I mean talk about tone death! Racism is racism, no matter what race or ethnicity you are. All people need to be treated equally.

  6. drywormdryworm says: Jun 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    I haven’t watched FS1. I’ll check them out.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 2, 2017 12:25 PM

    Jason Whitlock is a moron…. If you’re just now learning this you haven’t been paying attention.

  8. factschecker says: Jun 2, 2017 12:25 PM

    Foxs Sports Radio has turned into Fox political radio. The morning guy never talks sports. Regardless of your personal politics, sports radio isn’t the place for it.

    My opinion.

  9. RegisHawk says: Jun 2, 2017 12:26 PM

    When will they learn…if you want to be an all-day, every-day, hot-take factory that has people reacting and thus watching and listening for the next outlandish oven-mitted observation to react and watch and listen to, write about Colin Kaepernick!!!

  10. pats74 says: Jun 2, 2017 12:26 PM

    Please Florio, you are delusional if you think ESPN’s left wing politics haven’t had anything to do with the struggles the network is enduring. One of their high-profile anchors even admitted as much. Are ESPN’s politics the number one reason for it’s “demise”? No, a terrible contract with the NBA, stale programming and increased competition are the primary reasons imo, but the network’s nauseatingly liberal and self-important political leanings are certainly on the list that has ESPN losing viewers.

  11. waynefontesismyfather says: Jun 2, 2017 12:27 PM

    Whitlock was right on with his statement yesterday and the follow-ups to all the haters calling him out since.

    As soon as LeBron moves into a third floor apartment of some Section 8 tenement he’ll see how “regular people” have to deal with it.

    Until then he should eat some avocado ice cream with TB12.

  12. footballisnotthatimportant says: Jun 2, 2017 12:28 PM

    I, for one, feel so bad for the tough life Martellus Bennett lives.

  13. southpaw79 says: Jun 2, 2017 12:29 PM

    Anyone and everyone can be Racist, sexist, bigoted, or sterotypical. It does not matter your race,sex,or financial standing. Trying to exclude people from either committing the act or being the victim of the act is just a tool to validate bad behavior.

  14. townie45 says: Jun 2, 2017 12:35 PM

    Lebron James is a great man. I will just leave it at that.

  15. denverscott says: Jun 2, 2017 12:36 PM

    What exactly IS racist? A movie titled White men can’t jump is obviously OK. Try releasing one called Black men can’t swim. Or how about a movie with two white women in blackface titled Black girls. Racist. It’s only racist if it offends black people, regardless of income.

  16. 700levelvet says: Jun 2, 2017 12:41 PM

    Bennett and Whitlock…. Both arse clowns… Like a slam dunk contest between midgets… Wait, little people…my bad

  17. hukdeep says: Jun 2, 2017 12:43 PM

    “On what planet would Whitlock’s position be considered “right of center”? Color me surprised that this website automatically considers stupid comments to represent conservative views.”

    Well, this planet.
    The right are usually the racist ones or better yet the ones that don’t think racism exists while the left acknowledges it and believes is wrong.
    Whitlock, claiming that racism doesn’t exist for rich black people, is definitely right of center.

  18. footballisnotthatimportant says: Jun 2, 2017 12:50 PM

    How people who play kids’ games for a millions of dollars a year can still find ways to complain about how bad their lives suck…..simply incredible.

    Only in America, folks.

  19. piratefreedom says: Jun 2, 2017 12:53 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    The people who always scream racism are the racists, no matter the color of their skin.

    ——————

    so only the people who believe racism exists and is a problem are people you would ever consider racist?

    smh

  20. elyasm says: Jun 2, 2017 1:03 PM

    I’m grateful to Martellus for the effort he showed on the field last season in the push for a Championship, but getting involved in a distraction like this makes me glad he’s no longer on the team.

  21. vottorific says: Jun 2, 2017 1:03 PM

    ESPN is failing because of cord cutting. Story over.

  22. getout1 says: Jun 2, 2017 1:06 PM

    The right are usually the racist ones

    —-
    This type of comment is why Trump was elected, PRO accountability is not racist, people are tired of the constant banging the drum of racism in every issue…

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 2, 2017 1:14 PM

    “How people who play kids’ games for a millions of dollars a year can still find ways to complain about how bad their lives suck…..simply incredible.”

    So because he’s rich from playing a sport he’s supposed to accept having the N word painted on his property as if its somehow ok?

    I think its incredible that anyone finds this no big deal or ok simply because he’s a wealthy athlete.

  24. abanig says: Jun 2, 2017 1:14 PM

    denverscott says:

    White men can’t jump was a comedy/movie, not real life. Comedians are given a lot of leway on what they can say because it’s a joke.

    Comparing that to what a reporter can say is apples and oranges.

  25. bengal4life says: Jun 2, 2017 1:15 PM

    Of course the narrow minded only thinks racism happens to black folks.

  26. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 2, 2017 1:17 PM

    hukdeep says:
    Jun 2, 2017 12:43 PM

    “On what planet would Whitlock’s position be considered “right of center”? Color me surprised that this website automatically considers stupid comments to represent conservative views.”

    Well, this planet.
    The right are usually the racist ones or better yet the ones that don’t think racism exists while the left acknowledges it and believes is wrong.
    Whitlock, claiming that racism doesn’t exist for rich black people, is definitely right of center.
    ________

    That is what people like you want to believe. The true conservative position is that everyone is made in God’s image and are deserving of equal opportunity. The liberal position is that the government needs to take care of them because they can’t help themselves, and giving away freebies will keep them voting Democrat.

  27. abanig says: Jun 2, 2017 1:18 PM

    Trump got elected because many working people – particularly minorities – stayed home this election because Clinton didn’t run a good campaign and wasn’t exiting and likeable to those those groups like Obama was and how Bernie would have been. It certainly wasn’t that the left sometimes called trump supporters racist. It also had to do with the fact that very rarely do we see one political party hold the wire house for 3 straight terms. There are a lot of reasons why Trump won, the first being is that he tapped into the anger of the white voter and second he ran a much better campaign than Hillary.

  28. bengal4life says: Jun 2, 2017 1:19 PM

    Well, this planet.
    The right are usually the racist ones or better yet the ones that don’t think racism exists while the left acknowledges it and believes is wrong.
    Whitlock, claiming that racism doesn’t exist for rich black people, is definitely right of center.

    ————————————————–

    Completely false. It’s the left that calls racism when someone doesn’t agree with them. The right doesn’t say racism doesn’t exist. They just know when racism is actually racism instead of just throwing the term around. That’s your own lopsided opinion, which is false.

  29. nudderfacelessgenius says: Jun 2, 2017 1:20 PM

    @vottorific says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:03 PM
    ESPN is failing because of cord cutting. Story over.

    =================================
    And the cord cutting is a result of a mega sized corp getting too big and too blind to it’s original goal…sports for the fans.

  30. dcpatfan says: Jun 2, 2017 1:20 PM

    getout1 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:06 PM
    The right are usually the racist ones

    —-
    This type of comment is why Trump was elected, PRO accountability is not racist, people are tired of the constant banging the drum of racism in every issue…
    ————————————
    please….trump was elected as pure backlash for 8 years of Obama.
    and you wingers will go down on his ship just to prove that point.

  31. abanig says: Jun 2, 2017 1:20 PM

    Can sometime please tell me what channel FS1 is again? Its been a station for at least 5 years and I still don’t have a clue what number channel it is! Lol

  32. niners816 says: Jun 2, 2017 1:22 PM

    denverscott says:
    Jun 2, 2017 12:36 PM
    What exactly IS racist? A movie titled White men can’t jump is obviously OK. Try releasing one called Black men can’t swim. Or how about a movie with two white women in blackface titled Black girls. Racist. It’s only racist if it offends black people, regardless of income.
    ——————–
    The truth of the matter is us white people just don’t care. We don’t get offended and whine and cry. We go to work, provide for our families and enjoy life. We work hard and play hard. Nothing racist about it. It’s just the truth.

  33. niners816 says: Jun 2, 2017 1:25 PM

    I’m sorry but I don’t feel bad for any race. And the fact you use race as a crutch is just pathetic. You’re not entitled to anything, you earn it. You can blame it on whites, the past history (that you weren’t even apart of) or whatever you wanna blame it on. You have the SAME opportunities as everyone else. You just choose to be lazy and look for reasons to be entitled. You’re not entitled to anything. Go earn it like the rest of us do.

  34. dcpatfan says: Jun 2, 2017 1:28 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:17 PM
    That is what people like you want to believe. The true conservative position is that everyone is made in God’s image and are deserving of equal opportunity.
    ———————————–
    ….stop…just stop right there.
    because if you ain’t in the club you get no opportunity. come out from your bubble. cuz i like low interest loans too!!

  35. camduzit says: Jun 2, 2017 1:39 PM

    I’m not here for any conversation on race with white people. Hey have no clue what it is being black in America, and they don’t care to have a clue. The evidence are in these comments. They have all the evidence in the world of improprieties yet still have their head in the sand.

  36. camduzit says: Jun 2, 2017 1:41 PM

    Niners816 everything you just said was racist. You think black people don’t do the same thing?

  37. realfootballfan says: Jun 2, 2017 1:42 PM

    Jason Whitlock is so stupid that he can’t even get lightning rod positions he takes right so that it at least comes off as something that he actually thinks and not just something he wrote or said to get in the news cycle, which is always what I think when I see a recent opinion of his. If he means that rich or famous people who encounter racism are less likely to have it affect them personally like it would normal people, he would have a point (as Dave Chappelle said on his recent standup when pulled over by the cops with a non-famous black friend as his designated driver, “It’s going to be okay for me because the cop recognized that I’m Dave Chappelle,” which is hilarious), but as always, he fumbled the ball in trying to make that point by just saying the more dummed down, uh, it doesn’t affect anybody anywhere if they’re rich at all. Ask James Blake and Thabo Sefolosha.

  38. abanig says: Jun 2, 2017 1:45 PM

    Jesus would have been a democrat because most of what he preached about is taking care the sick, poor and elderly. No doubt in my mind.

  39. mogogo1 says: Jun 2, 2017 1:47 PM

    “And the cord cutting is a result of a mega sized corp getting too big and too blind to it’s original goal…sports for the fans.”
    _____________

    I’m willing to grant that is part of it but let’s be real… ESPN could be ALL about the fans and people would STILL be cutting the cord to save some money. The majority of ESPN subscribers have never been hardcore sports fans–they’ll watch occasionally if the price isn’t too crazy high but tell them they can say goodbye to cable and they’re gone in a heartbeat.

  40. kabasaman says: Jun 2, 2017 1:48 PM

    Get ready Green Bay: It’s going to be a long season. With Bennett, any issue will be enough to start the presses rolling. He and his brother are the proverbial , Two peas in a pod.

  41. abanig says: Jun 2, 2017 1:49 PM

    Not all white people. You can’t say all, that’s where you lose some people. All you have to do is look at history to see that white people have been on both sides of this issue for centuries. Some were/are racist, some weren’t/aren’t and fought for the end of slavery and the civil rights act and are in support of BLM, etc.

  42. niners816 says: Jun 2, 2017 1:50 PM

    camduzit says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:41 PM
    Niners816 everything you just said was racist. You think black people don’t do the same thing?
    ————-
    That’s exactly what I mean. You see it as offensive. Unless you’re a white liberal, no white person found that racist.

  43. valentino8100 says: Jun 2, 2017 1:51 PM

    camduzit says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:39 PM

    I’m not here for any conversation on race with white people. Hey have no clue what it is being black in America, and they don’t care to have a clue.
    ————————————–

    Then listen to a brilliant, accomplished black man who knows better, such as Stanford University’s Thomas Sowell. Oh wait -you’d just say he’s a member of the “house”. You’re right; you’re not really interested in any real conversation on race.

  44. minnesota1970 says: Jun 2, 2017 2:03 PM

    I guess packers signed a National Athem kneeler.

  45. inozwetrust says: Jun 2, 2017 2:21 PM

    “demise of ESPN”? ESPN might be down but it is far from dead. Get a dictionary.

  46. patfanken says: Jun 2, 2017 3:12 PM

    Great post Mike. Currently Bullying has become an acceptable character trait in America. If it keeps up, brown shirts won’t be far behind…..and if you complain about it, it will be because “it’s a left wing conspiracy”

  47. pgear says: Jun 2, 2017 3:14 PM

    Whitlock was right.

  48. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 2, 2017 3:45 PM

    camduzit says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:39 PM

    I’m not here for any conversation on race with white people. Hey have no clue what it is being black in America, and they don’t care to have a clue. The evidence are in these comments. They have all the evidence in the world of improprieties yet still have their head in the sand.
    ______

    I think everyone knows that black people have had a rough time but people can honestly disagree about the best way to make sure everyone gets a fair shake. People who cry “racism” when somebody disagrees with them are a big problem because it shuts down all legitimate conversation.

  49. jaysayz says: Jun 2, 2017 3:49 PM

    “On what planet would Whitlock’s position be considered “right of center”? Color me surprised that this website automatically considers stupid comments to represent conservative views.”

    Well, this planet.
    The right are usually the racist ones or better yet the ones that don’t think racism exists while the left acknowledges it and believes is wrong.
    Whitlock, claiming that racism doesn’t exist for rich black people, is definitely right of center.

    Why does the Left always try to tell us what we believe? I’m a right wing conservative but I know that no one should have anything spray painted across there property regardless of their income. Because LeBron James is wealthy doesn’t mean you have a free pass to destroy his property and it definitely doesn’t mean he cant experience racism. The right does not deny there are racist people especially with a country this size. We don’t believe this Country is institutionally racist meaning there are not laws and practices CURRENTLY in place that discriminate against someone because of the color of their skin. you on the other hand would like black people to think every problem they have in life is because people are racist. It has nothing to do with the fact that they may made bad life choices. It is very simple, life is hard for everyone and we don’t all start in the same place. You have to work hard to get where you want to be. You are building an excuse for young black men and women to not try to be successful in life because they will fail due to a racist system. Again their are racist people in this world and when they commit a racist act against someone else they should be punished accordingly. But America isn’t a racist country who is holding down African Americans.

  50. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 2, 2017 3:52 PM

    abanig says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:45 PM

    Jesus would have been a democrat because most of what he preached about is taking care the sick, poor and elderly. No doubt in my mind.
    _______

    The biggest myth of all time is that Democrats take care of the poor, sick, and elderly and Republicans don’t. Do you feel better about yourself now? You vote for a Democrat and think you did your part. Jesus said that YOU should take care of the sick, poor, and elderly, not have somebody else take somebody else’s money and waste most on social programs that have been demonstrated to not work again and again.

    Also, I doubt Jesus would be a member of a political party that is openly hostile to him.

  51. jcashman23 says: Jun 2, 2017 3:56 PM

    @Cam…yeah you’re right, we have no idea what is is like being Black in America, which includes: getting 270 points extra on SAT scores, a built in edge over competitors for a job, countless scholarships for people of our color only…if White people disagree with a POC we are described as “racist” even if what we say has nothing to do with race while black people are given a free pass(unless they are conservative, that is). It we get arrested we can’t ever use “driving while white” as an accepted legal defense..list goes on and on.

    I think it is time people realize we have reached a point where we are equal enough that either side can be racist. The whole “black people can’t be racist” thing is BS because they do have institutional power(several elected officials and leaders in industry) and privilege (see what I’ve listed above)

    Anyone can experience discrimination or racism, white or black, rich or poor(addressing what Whitlock said) but it happens A LOT less than it has in the past, why do people cling to it as if their lives depend on it? Why aren’t you happy about all the progress we have made as a nation?

  52. metalhead65 says: Jun 2, 2017 4:00 PM

    I love you view florio, let’s see a network that fills the need for conservative point of view like fox is bad but cnn,msnbc,espn and the rest of the mainstream media who tilt left is fine. must break your bleeding heart FOX has the highest ratings which means more people watch it than any other network.

  53. jcashman23 says: Jun 2, 2017 4:02 PM

    Oh, and Camduzit, I almost forgot to mention: it’s pretty stupid to go to THE DISCUSSION SECTION and start your opinion by saying you’re not here to discuss race with white people…thats not how it works; place a comment in a public forum and anyone can argue/debate/agree/disagree with it. If you didn’t want a discussion why post in the first place. Why start your post by saying you don’t want a discussion, is it because you realise you have no argument?

  54. jayhawk6 says: Jun 2, 2017 5:02 PM

    Jason Whitlock has always been at his best when he is the self promotion mode. He is not as good as some, but that is not for lack of trying.
    He gains the most attention when he resorts to incendiary comments, particularly, if not always, about race.
    He is a fount of opinions but a drip of a talent…however, he has managed to make a go of it for nearly thirty years, so somebody likes the numbers he generates.
    And FWIW, he started at the KC Star about the same time as Joe Posnanski, who is a supreme talent about whom nobody has anything bad to say, except occasionally Jason Whitlock.

  55. realfootballfan says: Jun 2, 2017 5:10 PM

    jcashman23,

    Dude just made up all kinds of stuff and stated it as fact, lol. Please tell me these white collar jobs where the black people get hired in droves over the white people. Inquiring minds want to know. I don’t even think you can say that garbage with a straight face, or maybe you think that every black person that gets a job doesn’t deserve it before a white person since you do understand that Affirmative Action doesn’t force anyone to hire minorities. It only exists to ensure more diversity is present in things like state university admissions, and by the way, it works both ways. No one is stopping a white person from going to a historically black university or getting scholarships based on that when you attend there. Just wonder what you think about the women working with these backward views.

  56. GenXJ says: Jun 2, 2017 5:12 PM

    “But not mine, I still have that poor black skin bruh.”

    Goodluck driving through green bay on game day.

  57. joaquinfenix says: Jun 2, 2017 5:43 PM

    “Erroneously” hahaha

  58. jcashman23 says: Jun 2, 2017 6:08 PM

    @realfootball fan..they are facts..the black people in positions of corporate governance I mentioned at the end of my comments are usually NOT there because of Affirmative Action, thats why I closed with that point; plenty of Black people (among those of all minorities/both sexes) have achieved that level of success the way everyone else does. That is why there is less of a need for Affirmative Action nowadays. AA is also not only for Universities or to ensure fair hiring practices, look at any police/fire department, large or small. As far as the corporate world is concerned they will pick a minority over a white male with equal qualifications when they feel they need to add more “diversity” to the organization. As someone who spent a few years as a Recruiter I have witnessed it first hand. if you still doubt it, have a look at all the organizations that have Chief Diversity Officers and other silly job titles to ensure PC compliance.

    Next..

  59. wagon151515 says: Jun 2, 2017 6:09 PM

    anytime a liberal sniffs conservative views they freak out. it’s good to know that at least liberals draw the line at someone posing with a fake bloody, beheaded President. let’s have a conversation about racism (except if you are white, then your opinion doesn’t matter).

    liberalism ends where inconvenience begins…

  60. cardsftw says: Jun 2, 2017 6:32 PM

    Jesus said that YOU should take care of the sick, poor, and elderly, not have somebody else take somebody else’s money and waste most on social programs that have been demonstrated to not work again and again.

    ———————–

    Phantom Stranger, you NAILED IT! Thank you!

  61. bosszaraki says: Jun 3, 2017 4:12 PM

    I hate the Packers but Bennet isn’t wrong and Whitlock definitely is. To act like racism doesn’t matter when you’re rich is a ridiculous sentiment. To act like you shouldn’t care is equally ridiculous. Yes individuals of any race can possibly be racist or be subjected to racism but that doesn’t change the fact that there’s been systematic racism against minorities for far too long. What should we do as a civilized nation about that?

  62. jimmysee says: Jun 3, 2017 6:30 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 2, 2017 3:52 PM
    abanig says:
    Jun 2, 2017 1:45 PM

    Jesus would have been a democrat because most of what he preached about is taking care the sick, poor and elderly. No doubt in my mind.
    _______

    The biggest myth of all time is that Democrats take care of the poor, sick, and elderly and Republicans don’t. Do you feel better about yourself now? You vote for a Democrat and think you did your part. Jesus said that YOU should take care of the sick, poor, and elderly, not have somebody else take somebody else’s money and waste most on social programs that have been demonstrated to not work again and again.

    Also, I doubt Jesus would be a member of a political party that is openly hostile to him.

    ———————————————————-

    Except social programs DO work. Unless you’re a GOP propagandist trying to sell an alternative reality universe.

    Food stamps, early education, meals for students, war on poverty lowered the poverty rate in this county, only cold hearted conservatives can deny what is right in front of their faces.

  63. stellarperformance says: Jun 3, 2017 7:54 PM

    I’m afraid for this country.

    Trump has given a narrow-minded fringe-dwelling group of people an overwhelming sense of overdue bravado and entitlement.

    Why is it the “Christians”are always the most unChristian-like people I’ve ever met?

  64. cmoney20 says: Jun 6, 2017 3:17 PM

    Lebron James made the whole thing up so there’s that.

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