Race-baiting megatroll Colin Cowherd was told to hit the road Friday afternoon by ESPN after he doubled down on the comments he made Thursday where he essentially said that Dominican baseball players are stupid. In an off-the-wall rant that was all over the place, Cowherd tried to make the case that baseball is a relatively simple and strategy-free game by saying that since so many Dominican players are involved and the Dominican Republic is not known “for its world-class academic abilities.” Instead, Dominicans play baseball because it is all based on “instincts.”
Below are the exact comments he made on Thursday:
“By the way, it’s not like Bill Simmons, he’s slightly altering his format. He’s not becoming a brain surgeon. He’s not, the difference between writing, producing, TV, radio, I mean, I’ve proven it by writing a book, and I’m not a writer. Okay, so, you’re just altering things a little. It’s still communication.
I mean, the Marlins put a general manager in their dugout. People freaked out. You know, like, “Whoa!” It’s baseball. You don’t think a general manager can manage? Like it’s impossible? The game is too complex? Like, I’ve never bought into that. “Baseball’s too complex.” Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities. I mean, a lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds, and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have. Baseball’s like any sport. It’s mostly instincts.”
During Friday’s radio broadcast, Cowherd tried to explain himself, but seemingly made it worse, at least in ESPN’s eyes. He said that he was just citing statistics and data when making his analysis and that he was perhaps “just clunky.” (Someone should have told him that only 10% of MLB players are from the Dominican Republic, not “a third of the sport.”) Below are the comments he made on Friday:
“I could’ve made the point without using one country, and there’s all sorts of smart people from the Dominican Republic. I could’ve said a third of baseball’s talent is being furnished from countries with economic hardships, therefore educational hurdles. For the record, I used the Dominican Republic because they’ve furnished baseball with so many great players.
I understand that when you mention a specific country, they get offended. I get it. I do. And for that, I feel bad. I do. But I have four reports in front of me … where there are discussions of major deficiencies in the education sector at all levels. … It wasn’t a shot at them. It was data. Five, seven years ago I talked about the same subject. Was I clunky? Perhaps. Did people not like my tone? I get it. Sometimes my tone stinks.
I think when you host a radio show, just like Jon Stewart hosts a show, I think sometimes I bring up stuff … that makes people cringe. I’m not saying there’s not intelligent, educated people from the Dominican Republic. I cringe at the data, too.”
ESPN released a simple two-sentence statement on Friday saying that Cowherd is done with the network and they will no longer air his radio program.
“Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees. Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”
Just prior to ESPN shitcanning him, Cowherd attempted a mea culpa by tweeting out that he didn’t mean to offend anyone and that it isn’t who he is.
I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.
— Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) July 24, 2015
Except, of course, that it exactly who Cowherd is. He is constantly using race to evoke an emotional reaction, likely because he doesn’t know how to do anything else. He’s targeted Washington Wizards guard John Wall for years all because Wall danced ‘The Dougie’ for 30 seconds after a game once. Cowherd used Wall’s dancing as an excuse to not only disparage and judge him, but to discuss black culture in a negative fashion.
Cowherd was leaving ESPN anyway for a gig with Fox Sports. Will this hurt his position there? Who knows? It is Fox, afterall. Hell, they’ll probably just move him to Fox News after these comments.