ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum was on the air Monday with analyst Marcus Spears discussing the Colin Kaepernick National Anthem controversy when Finebaum uttered what became a controversial phrase.
“The genesis of this flag goes back to the War of 1812,” Finebaum said to Spears, who is black. “I just really don’t understand … this country has issues, but this country is not oppressing black people."
The following day Finebaum appeared on a heated “College Football Live” panel and expressed a similar sentiment: “Usually people protest when they’ve been oppressed, when they have a legitimate stake in the action. I don’t know where Colin is coming from. What’s his beef with society, other than he’s upset about the way people, in his mind, are being oppressed in this country?”
But by Thursday, Finebaum was back on ESPN and walking it all back with “SportsCenter” anchor Cari Champion, who asked him about the reaction to his statements.
“I could spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can’t. I blew it,” Finebaum said. “I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better. I’ve lived in this country, I see what is going on all across the country from North to South, East to West, and I have no excuse.”
Date Posted: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 , Total Page Views: 850
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