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  •  BTW: the player in question, Alvin Garrett, didn't (2+ / 0-)
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    dewley notid, bobsc

    .....think it was a racist comment.

    "I liked Howard Cosell," Garrett said. "I didn't feel that it was a demeaning statement." Source: Washington Post article, April 25, 1995.

    Cosell explained that Garrett's small stature, and not his race, was the basis for his comment, citing the fact that he had used the term to describe his own grandchildren.

    Among other evidence to support Cosell's claim is video footage of a 1972 preseason game between the New York Giants and the Kansas City Chiefs, that features Cosell referring to athlete Mike Adamle, a 5-foot, 8-inch, 195-pound Caucasian, as a "little monkey."
    •  Cosell made this genuinely racist statement (0+ / 0-)

      Referring to Ralph Sampson: "The University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson's school, has a 7'4" kid at the fifth-grade reading level."

      Fact is, Sampson got a degree in Communications from UVa, and was a pretty good student there. Cosell made the assumption that because Sampson was a black basketball player, he must be stupid.

      This was typical of what Cosell did when he got in front of a microphone; he made statements on subjects he knew nothing about.

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