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An analyst for the increasingly liberal sports network ESPN is under fire for boasting a “bias” against Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen simply because Allen’s fans happen to be proud patriots who own American flags and dogs.
Speaking last week on ESPN’s “The Right Time with Bomani Jones” podcast, ESPN analyst and former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth straight-up admitted to the bias as if it’s perfectly normal to feel this way.
“I am fully aware that I have biases. And my biases are not based on Josh Allen. It’s based on the people that are defending Josh Allen. I would be 100 percent lying if I said that when Josh does something dumb, a little part of me doesn’t get happy. And it’s not because I don’t want Josh to succeed,” he said.
“It’s because the people who are telling me that Josh is the second coming and Josh is better than everybody are people with American flags and dogs and skulls and crossbones. … If you go just take a dip into their tweet history, it’s some really concerning retweets and likes. … It’s not about Josh.”
— TheBillsGuys (@TheBillsGuys) December 11, 2020
For some reason, the remarks didn’t go viral til this week. But once they did, they piqued the attention of Allen’s own teammates.
In tweets posted Wednesday, Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer and guard Jonathan Feliciano pointed out that Allen’s fans recently raised $700,000 for a hospital and told Foxworth that he’s “gotta do better my brother.”
— Jordan poyer (@J_poyer21) December 16, 2020
ay @Foxworth24 are you talking about the fans that just raise over 700k for a hospital during a pandemic? Ppl do/say the corniest things to try n get ahead
— Jonathan Feliciano (@MongoFeliciano) December 16, 2020
They were right about the hospital.
After Allen’s grandmother, Patricia Allen, died last month only hours before he took the field for a game against the Seattle Seahawks, his fans began donating money to Buffalo’s John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in her memory.
“According to the hospital’s donations tracker, $700,219 has been raised through 27,409 donors since Allen passed away Nov. 7, the day before the Bills played the Seattle Seahawks,” The Buffalo News reported on Dec. 5th.
“The donations largely came in increments of $17, a nod to Allen’s jersey number, but corporations and others, including Allen himself, have donated $17,000.”
The donations inspired the hospital to set up a new fund, the Patricia Allen Fund, “to collect future donations and provide ongoing assistance to hospital patients, through the pediatric critical-care team, and to the patients’ families.”
Unreal. Count me in for $17,000 to make it $500,000 ❤️ https://t.co/8oyTGK29rY
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) November 14, 2020
“Words can’t really describe how I feel, how my family feels. Every time I call my parents and let them know the new number, they just start bawling all over again. And to know that people care and that so much good is coming out of a tough situation, it means the world to myself, it means the world to my family,” an overwhelmed Allen told reporters at the time.
“It just shows how this Bills community and this Buffalo community rally around each other and that’s what they’ve been known for and that’s what they’re still known for. I mean, I can’t thank everybody who supported and donated, I can’t thank them enough. It’s overwhelming, for sure, but so much good is coming out of such a tough situation that you can’t help but smile at it. It’s unbelievable.”
Indeed, but because this community is patriotic and likes dogs, apparently they’re bad people to Foxworth?
Foxworth responded to Poyer and Feliciano’s criticism Wednesday evening by basically calling the controversy “disingenuous BS.”
Nobody I respect has taken this seriously so I’ve been ignoring it. And getting taken out of context kinda comes with my job, so I haven’t been trippin. But I respect you and the ppl in your building and it bothers that yall have spent 1 sec thinking about this disingenuous BS.. https://t.co/7btq94SCbY
— Domonique Foxworth (@Foxworth24) December 16, 2020
Feel free to DM me, listen to the full podcast, or ignore this foolishness all together and get back to ballin. Best of luck to you and my new favorite QB. pic.twitter.com/h12nu6fzTi
— Domonique Foxworth (@Foxworth24) December 16, 2020
It’s not clear what the tweet meant.
On one hand, perhaps he included an American flag GIF to point out that he has no actual problems with the flag and had just been joking around originally?
You’re one of my favorite people on ESPN! I haven’t heard the pod in question, but I 100% believe your side of the story that this whole thing is taken out of context!
— Dr. Clemson (@mikemcmannmd) December 17, 2020
But on the other hand, bigotry is bigotry, and what Foxworth said sounded like bigotry.
As a black man, a veteran, and a bills fan, i have never been so disappointed in the views a media member. His comments crossed the line and are a prime example of reverse racism. @espn this is unacceptable and he should be reprimanded.
— David B Bell (@DavidBBell1) December 17, 2020
Either way, it looks like Foxsworth still has some more splainin’ to do.
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