JJ Watt called out for poking fun at black ex-NFL star’s criticism of ‘average white guys’

There’s a reason why race is a third-rail issue that most white people dare not venture near.

Former NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall took a shot at NFL analysts, specifically “average white guys,” expressing their take on football and JJ Watt — who is white and was anything but average when he played — got drawn into the ensuing controversy when he tried to make light of what many saw as a racist remark.

“I’m sick of average white guys commenting on football. Y’all not even good at football. Can we please replace the Pro Bowl with an All-Black vs. All-White bowl so these cats can stop trying to teach me who’s good at football. I’m better than ur goat,” Mendenhall tweeted.

While Tom Brady may beg to differ, the former Pittsburg Steelers player posted the tweet after an earlier tweet about the criticism directed at Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, a black Super Bowl-winner who has never had a losing season — Pittsburgh was outclassed in a game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday that could have playoff implications.

Watts chimes in to poke a little fun by stating the obvious, that the white team would struggle to cover perhaps the fasted wide receiver in the game, Tyreek Hill, who plays for the Miami Dolphins: “We’d get cooked at corner, not gonna lie. Nobody on our squad is covering Tyreek.”

Watt took heat from some for ignoring the racist connotations in Mendenhall’s tweet.

“Ignoring the blatant racism. God forbid a white guy stands up for himself,” one social media user responded.

This prompted one of the best defensive lineman to play the game to come back with a level-headed response:

“Buddy, listen… We don’t need to be offended by everything in the entire world,” Watt countered in a tweet. “He said white guys can’t play football. I thought to myself ‘I’m a white guy. I’m very good at football’ and concluded that his statement had no validity. Instead of arguing, I had some fun. End.”

The same social media user replied that Watts made a “great point,” but added: “I wonder if the same leniency would apply if a white nfl player said something similar.”

With one political party using race for decades to bludgeon the opposition over the head, the issue of a double standard is a valid point. Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses to the story, as seen on X:

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