On Tuesday ESPN ran a segment where they used the common practice of auctioning black NFL players in a fantasy draft. Soon after, ESPN apologizes for being racist.
The thing is, ESPN was auctioning black and white players. This is a common practice. The players' fantasy rights are being used. It's not like ESPN was advocating slavery. But when you have taken as many far left stances as ESPN has, you leave yourself open to criticism like this.
After it was brought to their attention that fantasy football auctions are racist, ESPN released this statement:
“Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players, Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.”
Here's the "racist" segment ESPN aired where Odell Beckham was auctioned off.
Lightning rod New York Giants receiver was offended and let it be known on Twitter.
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) August 15, 2017
White players, like Tom Brady of the Patriots, were also auctioned off. No word on whether or not Tom Brad was offended by being auctioned.
Shaun King, a guy known for pretending to be black, was irate over the mock draft and demanded an immediate apology from ESPN.
Let's put some emphasis on the fact that these fantasy auctions happen all over the country. The drafts involve auctioning off black and white players. It's important to realize that the players are not actually auctioned.
Kenny Mayne of ESPN pointed this out to Shaun King.
Fam-The optics aren't good-agreed. But it was replicating Fantasy Football auctions--whites up for bid too.
We appreciate you. https://t.co/oTVl1pkJku
— Kenny Mayne (@Kenny_Mayne) August 15, 2017
Shaun King is not a big fan of reason and logic, so you can guess how this went.
Look out ESPN, you've angered the white man who pretends he is black. Some might call pretending to be black offensive, right?