Posted by
HJ Fountain
• 07.25.15 11:31 am

cowherd

Colin Cowherd broached a #hatefact.

For the sake of argument, let’s say a professional baseball player from Saudi Arabia was taken aback by a radio personality pointing out that said player’s home country sucks in terms of human, and especially, women’s rights. We’re supposed to cheer the radio guy for his ethical stance, I think?

Nope: We are to condemn the radio personality as a hatemonger for exploring a #hatefact.

The same applies for ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd, who said this while talking about the complexity of baseball: “A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have.”

I haven’t heard racism this pungent since the days of George Wallace.

Cowherd’s statement led to Canada’s own, Toronto Blue Jays player, Jose Bautista chastising Cowherd for his ignorance: “Before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please.” I can’t speak for Mr. Cowherd, Jose, but I can point out that your grammar sucks, and that if you didn’t hammer out 30 homeruns a year, you would be roofing apartment complexes, dumbass.

It should be noted that Jose is somewhat famous in America as he sports the very Anglo-Italian nickname, “Joey Bats.”

According to the MLB: “Major League Baseball condemns the remarks made by Colin Cowherd, which were inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game.  Mr. Cowherd owes our players of Dominican origin, and Dominican people generally, an apology.”

Yeah, right.

The problem is that the Dominican Republic is sorta exactly as Cowherd describes it: Not that great in terms of education. People have a 17% better chance of being literate in the U.S. as opposed to the Dominican (nationmaster.com). That doesn’t mean that Dominicans are stupid or incapable of understanding the “infield fly rule.” It does, however, make Cowherd’s points that their education standards fall well short of our own. Pointing this out, it seems, is just as racist as burning a cross on your front lawn.

Objectively, Colin Cowherd is an annoying speaker-of-truth. But, he said something that sounds mean. He must be banned. That’s the American Way…

-H.J. FOUNTAIN


Comments
  1. ChiTownPlayaHata says:

    My gripe is that it’s somewhat fallacious to equate “intelligence” with formal education. A highly intelligent person who got very little education in history and math, but who “studied” baseball intensely would not be an example of how baseball is not a thinking man’s game. Did he mean to say Dominicans have lower I.Q.s than whites of European descent? That would be a logical argument, but that’s not what he said, is it?

  2. Dan of the Mole People says:

    What Cowherd said isn’t far off, but his reputation as an asshole is preceding him. In the DR, it’s either play baseball or work in the cane fields for the rest of your life.

    And yes, the schools are dogshit.

  3. Meh says:

    Cowherd had announced that he was leaving fro another network and ESPN said “oh yeah, you’re fired”. I don’t think either one really gives a squat about Chico’s education in the Dominican.

  4. Transformer says:

    Being a trans-dominican this is some KKK shiz!

  5. Hooey Davis says:

    Beisbol been bery bery good to me.

  6. i am actually a retarded person says:

    this paranoia over racism makes me very paranoid indeed. usually i can tell why the left gets mad over insensitive comments even if i dont agree with the sentiment, such as the recent hand wringing over trump’s comments on illegals, but here i legitimately dont understand why what cowherd said is being construed as racist.

  7. Ghetto Defendant says:

    He had less than a week left at ESPN anyway, he’s starting a gig at Fox Sports at the beginning of August. ESPN used this as a convenient excuse to just send him on his way, and put someone who hasn’t already mentally checked out a month ago, in his slot.

  8. Scott says:

    Cowherd commonly disparages rural, red-state America in this same way. He is the type who believes a person’s intelligence is directly related to how many years they paid for education. I won’t miss him on ESPN, though I listened every day to his first 2 segments… I won’t seek him out. I believe his career will wither. No one should feel bad for him on this site because he is a far left liberal who mischaracterizes the positions of his opposition regularly. Let the left eat their own. Good riddance.

  9. Kram says:

    Racist? What “race” did he offend? Dominicans, like Mexicans are not a race.

  10. Meh Squared says:

    @Scott. Jesus, he’s just some sports talk dope. Once you find out the scores to the games, who gives a fuck about what else they say. They can just scroll the shit across the bottom of your tv screen and you get the same “Information”.

  11. Ramon says:

    I’m dominican and i’m not offended at all. I have relatives that were educated over there and don’t know the Jamaica is one of their neighbor and not in Africa. Yet these same people claim that their four days out of the week education is better than ours lol

  12. Scott says:

    @ Meh Squared. Huh? If you don’t care what he says why did you read the article? I don’t care what he says so much as it’ll keep me awake at night but I have an interest in sports so I have an interest in sports commentary which a lot of times is A-political. That’s why I read the article and why I commented. You read the article to find a way to be a dick. Also, my radio doesn’t have scores scrolling across the bottom of the screen.


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