UPDATE: ESPN just got rid of Cowherd this afternoon: “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.” John Skipper, ESPN’s president
This is what Cowherd tweeted after hearing the news:
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
“It’s baseball,” Cowherd said Thursday. “You don’t think a general manager can manage? Like it’s impossible? The game is too complex? I’ve never bought into that, ‘Baseball’s just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities. A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have.
“Baseball is like any sport. It’s mostly instincts. A sports writer who covers baseball could go up to Tony La Russa and have a real baseball argument, and Tony would listen and it would seem reasonable. There’s not a single NFL writer in the country who could diagram a play for Bill Belichick. You know, we get caught up in this whole ‘thinking-man’s game.’ Is it in the same family? Most people could do it. It’s not being a concert pianist. It’s in the same family.”
This is what José Bautista tweeted yesterday:
Dear Mr. @ESPN_Colin before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please
— Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) July 23, 2015
We love you, Joey Bats.
This is what the Tony Clark, who heads up MLB Players Association, said about Cowherd’s comments:
Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, also issued a statement in which he took issue with…
This is what MLB said:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STATEMENTMajor League Baseball issued the following statement this afternoon regarding yesterday…
This is what Cowherd said today:
This what we say to Cowherd:
Because the reality is that Dominicans (and other Latinos) are saving baseball. So suck it, Cowherd, your white privilege is checked.