For a dude who made something of a name combating African American stereotypes, former KC Star scribe Jason Whitlock sure plays fast and lose when it comes to other ethnicities.
Anybody remember Whitlock’s failed attempt at humor two years ago when he tweeted about New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin after he scored 38 points against the LA Lakers?
“Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple inches of pain tonight.”
The joke being that Lin – of Chinese or Taiwanese descent – had a small penis.
“There are funny jokes, and then there are unfunny jokes that mix with needless racial stereotyping and the laziness that comes from not even bothering to look up the fact that the Knicks would be flying to Minneapolis directly after Friday’s game,” wrote Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo Sports, referring to Whitlock’s tweet after calling him “an unfunny boor with a massive ego.”
After taking considerable heat in the national media Whitlock half ass apologized.
The latest: Whitlock stepped in it again recently.
While appearing on Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN show to discuss LeBron James decision to go to Cleveland – the team that had just drafted one-and-done KU star Andrew Wiggins of Canada – Whitlock decided to diss the entire country.
“Andrew Wiggins is from Canada, and Canadian athletes, I think, among NBA players and NBA people, perhaps don’t want it as much as even some of the Europeans and certainly the American players,” Whitlock told Olbermann.
Jason doubled down with, “This is what a lot of NBA people believe. American born … players have more intensity.”
Unfortunately Whitlock’s latest attempt to court publicity fell far short of his Lin controversy.
Only a handful of sports blogs paid any notice. Even KU basketball mad media like the Kansas City Star, Lawrence Journal World and his former best bud Greg Hall ignored Whitlock’s gaffe.
Not so in Canada where Whitlock drew fire from the Toronto Sun on down.
“I refuse to give time to Jason Whitlock’s comment about Wiggins – and about all of Canada – in which the American reporter claims that ‘Canadians don’t want it as much,’ ” wrote Toronto Sports Media columnist Norm. “(Lakers point guard) Steve Nash once popped his nose back into place after breaking it and kept on playing without missing a beat, or even wearing one of those bulky masks. He’s won 2 MVPs. I think he wanted it just as much as anyone.”
Yahoo Sports Canada‘s Israel Fehr weighed in by writing, “It wasn’t enough for ESPN’s Jason Whitlock to critize Andrew Wiggins, who became the second Canadian ever to go No. 1 overall in the NBA draft last month, Whitlock had to take out an entire nation of athletes…Whitlock conveniently forgets…the thousands upon thousands of times a Canadian athlete in any sport has persevered to be the best.”
Then Fehr turned the tables on Whitlock:
“A fair share of Americans, those who according to Whitlock want it more than Canadians, have been hit with similar criticisms. Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady were alleged to lack focus and drive. Even LeBron has been accused of not possessing a ‘clutch gene’ and fading late in games.”
Fehr saved his best Whitlock diss for his column kicker:
“Whitlock should be thankful Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian, had the drive to invent the game of basketball over 120 years ago.”