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ESPN Air Offensive Athlete Auction, Odell Beckham Jr. Responds
WTF was some azzhole producer thinking?!?!
ESPN isn’t everyone’s cup o’ tea, but they employ lots of Black voices and have recently been considered too politcal and “liberal” by those who think the network’s journalists and talking heads should “stick to sports”.
That said, the Get Out-esque athlete auction sketch that the “worldwide leader” aired this week was not only tone deaf, but just plain stupid.
Anyone who has ANY surface knowledge of slavery and how Black folks were sold would recognize how problematic this skit is. But furthermore, there wasn’t a SINGLE Black face in the crowd.
A gang of white people bidding on the chance to become the “owner” of majority Black athletes. Naw. Hell F**K naw.
As the first athlete on the block, Odell Beckham Jr. responded:
This wasn’t the end of it, Twitter deflated all of ESPN’s balls in way that would make Tom Brady blush.
Check out the reactions as well as ESPN’s “apology” on the flip.