Charlie Ward Memorial Award for Knicks-Related Semitism
While you were hopefully watching this mudmatch , a story has transpired that involves Micheal Ray "The ship be sinking" Richardson being suspended from coaching the CBA's Albany Patroons for making weird Jewish comments and (apparently in an unrelated incident) calling a fan a "faggot."
First of all, why is calling someone a faggot to 2007 what sports hernias were to 2006 and what plantar fasciitis was to 2005. IT'S EVERYWHERE. Second, let's check those Jew-related comments really quickly:
"I've got big-time lawyers," Richardson said, according to the Times Union. "I've got big-time Jew lawyers."
When told by the reporters that the comment could be offensive to people because it plays to the stereotype that Jews are crafty and shrewd, he responded with, "Are you kidding me? They are. They've got the best security system in the world. Have you ever been to an airport in Tel Aviv? They're real crafty. Listen, they are hated all over the world, so they've got to be crafty."
And he continued, "They got a lot of power in this world, you know what I mean?" he said. "Which I think is great. I don't think there's nothing wrong with it. If you look in most professional sports, they're run by Jewish people. If you look at a lot of most successful corporations and stuff, more businesses, they're run by Jewish. It's not a knock, but they are some crafty people."As Brown Recluse notes, if anything this sounds like PRO-semitism. Another article has Richardson's boasting that his second wife and his daughter are both Jewish. Not to mention the guy indicates that he's been to Tel Aviv, a pilgrimmage that not even I (with Birthright $$$ at my disposal) have made. Furthermore, his hated = crafty reasoning is straight out of the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 34, ANYONE???).
It is my decision, thus, that a suspension is unwarranted for the Jew comments (I'll leave the f-word comments for the rest of you to discuss).