Mike Greenberg says Martin Luther Coon instead of Martin Luther King..Does ESPN needs to TOSS HIM?
This _is getting out of hand!! No matter whut, some whites still hate to see blacks as respectable contributers in American society..Greenie was waaaaaay out of line when he said Martin Luther Coon..Was it in bad taste? yes.. Do i think he's a racist ? no..but i do believe they had been joking around about it during commercial break..Maybe someone on the set mentioned how their parents used the word coon..Or some silly dumb ass producer was saying coon over & over in his ear piece..And when he came back on air it was still on his mind..Becuz there's no way he could've confused coon with king..Maybe if he said Martin Luther Jing or Ging..Notice the look on Golic's face after Greenie said it..He seem to be almost laughing to himself..Daaaam i use to listen to mike & mike almost every morning before i go to work...sometimes they acted silly, but when discussing subjects they (seemed) to be fair with both black & white sports stars..Watching SportCenter & ESPNNEWS on tuesday they didnt mention this at all..He might've made a mistake..But i'll love to hear whut the Black anchors at ESPN have to say about this..Where's Stephen A. Smith when u need him?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVzFa500jHo
That's not a good thing to have come out as a slip-of-the-tounge. I really hope he made an honest mistake in this situation.
it was accidental.... Not intentional. Does that make it right? absolutely not, but he apologized so lets move on....
I didn't hear this, so to comment on if it was intentional or an accident would be unfair. But that's not a mistake you make unless you've said it before or as RUDEBOY stated, was continuously was said to him around the set. Something like that does make us African Americans cringe to hear
Thats definetly not a mistake that you let just "slip", its not like he said Luther Bling, or Ching, or Ding, but to say 'coon' kinda takes it to a whole nother level....
For anyone that didnt see it, be the just...intentional or accidental:
I don't know if he will get tossed for that, but I know that I personally won't watch the show again. That did not seem like an accident. He had to have had it on his mind in some way or another, and that in its on own way makes it unacceptable..
well i listen to them on sirius satellite radio.. did not sound intenional to me one bit, but i wasnt viewing this on TV (when there shown) this was solely based on listening on the radio...
I'm not Black, but I'd never say that...even joking.
He's wrong. Their only adding fuel to fire - don't do it.
I think no one knows if he made a slip up or not but the thing is it was said and it is not the easiest of slip ups. Dude will have to be punished. We have a black president and you have send some many people just be totally racist and disrespectful toward black people. It is crazy cause it is all out in the open like they are not scared of the consequences. Regardless if he apologize, there are some things that once you do an apology will not solve. I think he deserves a second chance after and extensive punishment but that is it.
I think he should be suspended for about a week by espn. But losing his job without really knowing if it was a slip up seems over board. But he defenitely losses a lot of respect from me becasue by saying somehting like that I will now always question if he is a just a closet racist. Not an acceptable mistake intentional or not. But I've never noticed him say anything else that would make me think he was a bad person.
Are you serious? Suspended for a week? Hmmm... Let me guess. With pay too?
This is ridiculous and he should be fired. This wasn't a damn slip up... I mean, it's not like he said "bling" or "ching" or anything that rhymes with King. I mean, come on... He slipped up and said "coon"? Out of all words. I'll NEVER watch that show again.
Fire this dude. He deserves to get his a$$ beat. People think they can come on TV and insult a great man and his whole race. These dudes are out of pocket and Mike needs his teeth smashed. ESPN should take a stand and fire him. He tried to slip that in on the low. I will never watch that station again I was not that fond of it anyway and this is the reason why? These cats are trying to show they can come out there and say what they want like its a game. Like what yall gonna do. He should be gone or jumped on site.
I don't know if he's racist or not... Doesn't really matter in my opinion. What matters is what we heard him say. Other people have gotten fired for a slip of the tongue. This should be no different. Slip or not... He needs to be let go.
do you know for a fact he intended to say coon and insult everyone? If you don't, then maybe it was an accident. Coon and King have some similarities in how they sound, it's possible it was an accident. Like I said, He never has done anything else despite countless hours on air and he covered it up quickly like it was a mistake. If you think a weeks punishment is not fair, then I disagree.
Either way, he embarrased himself and his network and should be punished. A week off the air without pay and having your name dragged through the mud is not exaclty a slap on the wrist.
Whether or not he meant to insult anyone is irrellivant. Accidental or intentional... Irrellivant. The fact is, he said it. There have been other people in his field that have been fired for a lesser slip of the tongue.
Do you know what he says off air or even more... What he thinks in his head? Was it a honest mispronounciation or did he slip up and say what he was thinking? Truth is... Nobody really knows, so you can't defend either. The lone fact is what he said and I don't think it sounds similar to "king".
A week's suspension would be a slap on the wrist in my book. I forgive him, but what he said was racially insensitive and offensive to ALL people. Not just black, but to all people. That alone deserves a harsher punishment than one week Llperez22. Ralph Lawler of the Clippers, was suspended for a game and his name was dragged through the mud for accidentally offending ONE person. What punishment do you get for offending millions?
like i said, could have just been a slip up and a guy who does a 5 hour show for however many years losing his job for a possible slip up seems a little harsh. He was speaking fast and when you combine the words King and Junior like he did, he could have mumbled them together pronouncing the "K" sound with the "June" sound they both start with and ran it together. And I can't think of any other examples of someone losing their job over a slip up like this.
and from what i've read on the internet, most people seem to think it was an accident. And how can you say that his intent is irrelevant in a one word slip up? It's not like he put thoughts together and made some incensitive comments like limbaugh did. It was probably just a slip of the tounge.
You simply don't mistake "coon" with King. It's pretty simple.
Was it an accident? Of course it was a &$#%#&@! accident. You think Mike Greenberg doesn't know the ramifications if he says Martin Luther Coon day???? The guy went to Northwestern University. He's not an idiot.
Thing is though, you just don't make that specific slip up unless you have underlying racial issues. Even if it was a joke, it was a racially insensitive joke. I mean you can make fun of white's and black's it's all in good nature to some extent. But saying Coon Day for the day of arguably the greatest Black Man in American history is despicable and while it can be forgiven, shouldn't be forgotten. By that I mean Mike needs to be fire...
Freudian slip or not, he slipped up at the wrong time and, you know what, &$#%#&@! happens. His time is up
I'm just now hearing about this.....Hmmmm....the choice of words Greeny used aren't that easy to slip up....I'm not sure ir he meant it or not. Yet you have to be stern with him....I wouldn't suspend him though. I will say there's mischief leads to fire.
Dhamp2...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.
if you hear when he says it, he's talking a million miles an hour and while attempting to say "King Junior", he says coon and then immediately corrects himself and continues. It's not that hard to believe that a person could pronounce the K and June parts of those two words and sound like they are running them together.
He deserves to be punished for even the possibility that htis was intentional, but with no prior history and the chance that this was all an accident, I don't think you fire the man or as scout4real suggested, beat him up.