Up pops the devil in the form of no-name Kansas City Chiefs player turned murderer, Jovan Belcher.
Belcher’s dastardly deed was the perfect storm for the race baiting former Kansas City columnist, garnering him props from Bob Costas and brickbats Tuesday night from Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“I did not go as far as I would like to go…” Whitlock says in a recorded snippet that opened O’Reilly’s show. “I believe that the NRA is the new KKK.”
To which O’Reilly shot back, “More far out craziness surrounding the murder-suicide perpetrated by a professional football player. We’ll cut through all the madness tonight and tell you what’s really going on.”
O’Reilly then laid into Whitlock and the mainstream media in his opening monologue.
“America and personal responsibility, that is the subject of this evening’s talking points memo,” he began. “Immediately after Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death and then killed himself, the excuses started – guns, violence in the National Football League and other adjacent issues were trotted out by a variety of pundits. But here’s the fact; Belcher is solely responsible for the horrendous crime that orphaned his baby daughter. He did it. He knew right from wrong, he chose – he chose – to inflict lethal damage.. (And) to blame society or guns or football is grossly irresponsible.”
Now on to Big Sexy…
“Another guy who has inserted himself into this story, Kansas City sportswriter Jason Whitlock, sees it this way:
“‘I believe the NRA is the new KKK,” an unmistakable recording of Whitlock’s voice begins. “And that the arming of so many black youths and blowing up our community with drugs and just having an open shooting gallery is the work of people that obviously don’t have our best interest.”
“What a bunch of bull,” O’Reilly shot back. “We invited Mr. Whitlock on the program tonight. He’s hiding under his desk. He knows he can’t defend that position. Here’s a bulletin to Whitlock; no society can protect people against a guy like Belcher. Ever since man first walked the planet there’s been violence. It’s hard wired into some people. This deflection into guns or race is simply nonsense.
“We’re living in a time of denial. Our culture is cluttered with excuses for bad behavior. It’s always somebody else’s fault, not the individual screwing up…Jovan Belcher was a villain, a person who was given athletic talent and instead of building a worthwhile life for himself and his baby, destroyed lives. That’s on him. Period.”
Show guest Dr. Keith Ablow‘s take on Belcher after citing previous examples of Belcher’s abuse of women:
“This is shaping up as a guy who was a domestic villain…This guy back to 2006 is accused by women and authorities as preying upon them, frightening them, controlling them…And there also are reports that he was a terrible bully back in grade school and high school.”
Clinical psychiatrist Dale Archer‘s on-show take: “The crux of the matter is that the No. 1 predictor of violence, the No. 1 predictor of suicide, is alcohol and drug abuse. So if we want to look at excuses – if we want to get to a reason as to why this happened – that has to be at the top of the list. And clearly this a guy who was taking pain killers -NFL players are four times more likely than the general population to take narcotic painkillers – and he was drinking on those painkillers. If you want a reason, that’s your reason.”
But O’Reilly wasn’t through with Whitlock.
In the second segment of the show on Belcher, O’Reilly said: “Let’s get to this guy Whitlock…This guy Whitlock believes – and I really would like to talk to him – that there is an organized attempt to get guns in the hands of blacks, and drugs in the hands of blacks. That’s how far out this Whitlock guys is. That there’s some kind of cabal in America saying, ‘You know what we ought to do? We oughta get a lot of guns into the African-American community and narcotics, so that they destroy themselves.’ That’s where he is. That’s crazy.”
At which point, token Fox News liberal Alan Colmes chimed in: “To equate the NRA to the KKK is nuts,” he said. “And you’re bringing in a racial element that doesn’t exist. I’m no big fan of the NRA, however, to suggest that they have some kind of racial motive, there’s no evidence of that whatsoever.”
“Even Colmes admits that this far out Whitlock deal is insane,” O’Reilly quipped.
No wonder Whitlock passed on going on the show.
It should be noted that under kinder, gentler circumstances last November, Whitlock went on O’Reilly to bag on Penn State and Joe Paterno.
Whitlock’s excuse for not taking O’Reilly’s bait:
“I’ve been on O’Reily Factor several times. I have no fear of O’Reilly’s intellect..” reads one Tweet and “If Bill would like to discuss gun culture and my views, I’d love to talk with him on Real Talk (Whitlcok’s podcast). I give everyone a chance to talk freely.”
Look, pretty much anybody who was paying attention during Whitlock’s long tenure at the Star knows that in no small way, the fat man forged a career of pimping and race baiting readers.
It worked then and it’s working now.
Last time I checked on Whitlock’s Fox Sports columns he was writing several a week. However a glimpse at his recent pre-Belcher body of work reveals that he was choking out only one column every five to seven days.
Which doesn’t exactly sound like the healthy six-figure paycheck Whitlock duped Nick Wright into “reporting” shortly after big Sexy left the Star two years back.
But say what you will, for now the Big Cat is back!