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THE ORIGINAL INSIDE SPORTS
UNPARALELLED UNCOMPROMISED UNFORGIVEN UNSUNG
ACCORDING TO ESPN'S MICHAEL WILBON
STICKS & STONES MAY BREAK HIS BONES BUT THE N WORD WILL NEVER HURT HIM?
Michael Wilbon & HB
John Feinstein a former colleague of Michael Wilbon at the Washington Post was on the record saying “Michael Wilbon is the biggest ass kisser in sports media.” Those words were rather harsh and hard hitting. In other words Feinstein was saying, “Wilbon is sports media’s biggest cheerleader!” This was after Wilbon's co-host on ESPN's PTI was suspended for making fun of co-worker Hanna Storm's dress on national television.
Wilbon's response to Feinstein;
I don’t need Junior (Tony Cornheiser) to get suspended. Junior caught an earful of language and heat that was both deserved and will stay private. I’ll match my credentials as a journalist with John Feinstein anytime. Junior has often mistaken his opinion with fact and with legitimacy. Thing is, my father didn’t raise me to be subservient to Junior, or anybody else. My opinions about Tiger Woods or any other issue are mine and I could give a damn about what Feinstein or anybody else things about them. The only thing special about Feinstein’s opinions is that they’re his. And I let him know that in very specific language that best belongs on HBO.
This isn’t the first time Wilbon has been called out for “” to athletes (he has written books with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan). In what we think is one of the we’ve ever read, Michael Leahy of the beautifully deconstructed Jordan in , and in the process .
“All along, I thought that Wilbon’s treatment of Jordan highlighted the basic danger in getting too cozy with a subject,” Mr. Leahy writes. The access that Mr. Wilbon prized, Mr. Leahy argues, came at the cost of ever being able to write something critical about his celebrity subject.
Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are immensely talented individuals and about 15 years ago, they were our sports writing idols. In their prime at the , they were among the best sports writers in the country. What they don’t do well is . They’ll definitely make the
Wilbon cited that he had no problem with Levy as a journalist but he had “No horse in the race." The words out of his mouth got my undivided attention.
I missed the initial viewing of ESPN’s Out Side the Lines aired on Sunday February 23rd. The show hosted by Bob Levy examined the use of the N word. I heard from several different sources that Michael Wilbon lost a lot of credibility when he justified his use of the N word as a term of endearment.
Since I had not seen or heard the show I held back judgment and waited until it re-aired on Sunday March 2nd.
It is rather ironic that Wilbon and I had a recent conversation about the use of the N word. The conversation took place in the pressroom before a Wizard’s game at the Verizon Center. He told me ESPN wanted to have a conversation on the use of the N word on Outside the Lines. The show would be hosted by Levy. He said, “I am not comfortable doing the show with Levy.” Wilbon cited that he had no problem with Levy as a journalist but he had “No horse in the race” and he refused to participate.” These words out of Wilbon’s mouth got my undivided attention 2010.
I have questioned Wilbon’s mindset on different topics on several occasions as I have questioned others in media. It has never been anything personal it is a price we all pay for writing or voicing our opinions in public.