ESPN host apologizes for calling Caitlin Clark a ‘white b*tch’ – on air

ESPN sports analyst Pat McAfee apologized after he ignited a firestorm by referring to WNBA’s Caitlin Clark as a “white b—-” on the air.

The former football kicker took to social media on Monday to clarify comments he made earlier on “The Pat McAfee Show” in which he reacted to the superstar status of the Indiana Fever star.

“I shouldn’t have used ‘white b—-‘ as a descriptor of Caitlin Clark,” McAfee wrote on X. “No matter the context.. even if we’re talking about race being a reason for some of the stuff happening.. I have way too much respect for her and women to put that into the universe.”

“My intentions when saying it were complimentary just like the entire segment but, a lot of folks are saying that it certainly wasn’t at all. That’s 100% on me and for that I apologize… I have sent an apology to Caitlin as well,” he wrote, adding,”Everything else I said… still alllllll facts.”

In discussing how the league has a “cash cow” with Clark and her popularity, McAfee and his crew addressed critics of the 22-year-old basketball player who has been a guest on his YouTube show as they played a “game” and featured a slideshow presentation.

“I would like the media people that continue to say, ‘This rookie class, this rookie class, this rookie class.’ Nah, just call it for what it is — there’s one white b—- for the Indiana team who is a superstar,” he said.

“Is it because she stayed in Iowa and put an entire state on her back? Took a program from nothing to a multiple-year success story? Is it because she would go on to break the entire points record in the history of the NCAA? Not just the women’s record by Kelsey Plum — shout out — but also ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich’s. The dude’s records as well. Is there a chance that people just enjoy watching her play basketball because of how electrifying she is? What she stood for, how she went about going what she went for? Maybe,” he wondered.

“But instead, we have to hear people say we only like her because she’s White. And she’s only popular because the rest of the rookie class is doing what they’re doing. That’s a bunch of bulls—, and we think the WNBA, more specifically their refs, need to stop trying to screw her over at every single turn,” McAfee concluded. “What you have is somebody special, and we’re lucky she’s here in Indiana.”

The backlash was brutal.

“What in the entire f–k is this?” reacted former ESPN personality Jemele Hill, who called it “totally unacceptable” in another post.

“This is what happens when sports journalists, with training, and standards and editors, are constantly replaced by talking heads and influencers whose primary goal, frankly ONLY goal, is to attract eyeballs,” professor and political analyst Dr. Jason Johnson wrote on X.

McAfee’s fellow ESPN colleague, Kendrick Perkins, called for an apology.

“Pat McAfee, I think he owes everyone an apology, especially Caitlin Clark. You cannot call her out of her name like that. No one can come to his defense, and it’s unacceptable,” he said on “NBA Today” after noting how others, like Charles Barkley and LeBron James, have used “triggering words for women,” such as “hated” and “jealous,” when describing feelings about Clark.

“At the end of the day, you have to respect the WNBA, respect the women that are playing, respect the women covering the game, and you have to do it in great fashion if you’re a man that’s jumping into that atmosphere,” he said.

“You have to do a better job with that, they have to do a better job with that because it’s not hating, and it’s not jealous. It’s competition,” Perkins said.

Frieda Powers

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