ESPN has been at the forefront of the left-wing cultural push to transform sports into another propaganda vehicle for the anti-white “woke” agenda and analyst Kendrick Perkins drew friendly fire from one of his network colleagues, JJ Redick, who called him out on the air for his race-baiting.
Perkins drew criticism for his remarks that NBA star center Nikola Jokić who is having another monster season for the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets and is on the verge of winning another Most Valuable Player award, is only getting recognized because he’s white, suggesting that MVP voters are racist.
Last week, Perkins whose 16-year playing career included an NBA title with the Boston Celtics, threw shade at Jokić, playing the race card by suggesting that the Serbian stud’s skin color gave him an unfair edge over black players in regard to the MVP and that only three players in league history have won the award without finishing in the top 10 in scoring, all were white including Jokić who has scored the hardware two years in a row and is seen as a shoo-in to make it three.
“What do those guys have in common? I’ll let it sit there and marinate. You think about it,” Perkins stated. “When it comes down to moving the goalposts for certain individuals to win it, again, is it Oochie Wally? Or is it One Mic? What song are we actually dancing to right now? Why is this subject not brought up?”
On Tuesday’s edition of “First Take,” analyst JJ Redick resoundingly rejected Perkins’ racist assertion in a heated segment that nearly careened completely off the rails.
Uh oh, JJ Redick just went on ESPN and accused them of making up racism narratives. Good for Redick. He’s 100% right here. Kendrick Perkins said last week Jokic is getting the MVP because he’s white. pic.twitter.com/F3VhHPShMo
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 7, 2023
“What we just witnessed is the problem with this show,” Redick said after bringing up Perkins’ racist conspiracy theory. “Where we create narratives that do not exist in reality. The implication what you are implying that the white voters that vote on NBA are racist. They favor white people.”
Redick’s calling out of his ESPN co-worker prompted an angry response from Perkins who exploded, launching into an angry diatribe befitting of a temperamental third grader who was chastised by the teacher, melting down with a denial that he said what he did, “It’s the facts! It’s the facts! It’s the facts!”
Also not down with Perkins’ racist comments was NBA legend Charles Barkley, a player from the league’s golden era when it was “Fan-tastic” before it went “woke,” and the loquacious Sir. Charles unloaded during an appearance on Denver’s Altitude Sports Radio, calling the ESPN analyst’s take “one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.”
(Video: YouTube/Altitude Sports Radio)
“I always talk about ESPN disease,” the former superstar said. “A lot of these guys, when they get on TV and stuff, they’re like, ‘Well, I’m on ESPN, I got to say something provocative.’ And you know the thing about it, you’re always gonna get some fools out there, you guys probably get some fools calling in agreeing with him.
“That’s the thing that bothers me at times. I can promise you this, I’ve never said anything on television just to get clicks. That don’t mean I’ve been right or wrong, whatever. But I’ve never said something like, ‘Well, I know people are going to react and go crazy, let me say this,’” he added. “And this is what bothers me also. Man, race is such a touchy subject because very few people have a pure heart. We can talk about race as much as you want to as long as you’re going to be fair and honest. But to slander this man (Jokic) in this situation is just total BS.”
Redick’s dunking on his race-obsessed fellow ESPN employee is a rare rebuke of the anti-white poison peddled by an ex-jock turned talking head on a network that is less about sports than ideology.
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