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Old 05-03-2008, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPN Writer On Kimbo:"A runaway slave with a mouth full of gold teeth."

Not cool. What do you guys think about what this clown said. I don't particularly care for Kimbo, he hasn't really fought anyone yet, but this column crosses the line.

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Old 05-03-2008, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is surprising coming from ESPN. Usually they're racist against white people.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i guess i know what he means by kimbo being the stereotypical african american but he does cross the line. Kimbo went to the univesity of Miami so by that alone he does not exactly portray ur stereotypical thug. This journalist should be slapd a couple of times for writing this.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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LMAO!

I don't agree with the comment, and I think that the writer will be severely punished, but coming across a thread with this title was just extremely unexpected!
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Wow. Someone may get fired. Elite XC move?
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hes pretty damn rough on Kimbo... Sideways do you have a source for that? I remember a while ago when Kimbo signed with EliteXC a show on ESPN was about Kimbo training with Bas (The same show where Tito said he would get his ass kicked fighting legit guys). I thought they said he dropped out of highschool...
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Not cool. What do you guys think about what this clown said. I don't particularly care for Kimbo, he hasn't really fought anyone yet, but this column crosses the line.

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First off, LZ Granderson, the ESPN writer in question, is black.

Second, he says Kimbo is "playing up the stereo-typical african-american", not that he is one.

Third, he said Kimbo "projects an image of" a runaway slave (in fact, what he says is a little more complicated than that). Not that he IS one.

Granderson is criticizing the street-thug persona Kimbo protrays and making a point, not being racist. Cmon guys, read past the buzzwords for a minute here. What he's really upset is that Kimbo is exploiting (and therefore perpetuating) a racial stereotype. I'm not saying I fully agree or even care but let's not confuse his meaning here.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Kimbo went to the univesity of Miami so by that alone he does not exactly portray ur stereotypical thug.
Umm, the University of Miami is a football factory, not an institution of higher learning. Not a real smart column by that knucklehead all the same.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't know what I find more humorous, the fact that Gunderson is lambasting Kimbo in a self-righteous rant about critical race theory in his sports column; or the fact that he basically props Kimbo as being a representative of his [Gunderson's] community. Kimbo represents "the black community" as much as David Duke represents "the white community. That is to say neither guy "represents" all people who share their skin color in common.

Gunderson is a blowhard. His dropping mindless references to coons, lynch mobs, and field slaves only serve to show how little he knows. I seriously can't stand blowhards like Gunderson. There are still plenty manifestations of racism and racial politics [read democratic race]. But by writing drivel like this gunderson is simply crying wolf. Kimbo is marketing himself to make money, how much of his persona is his creation and how much of it is things that other people have attributed to him?

Gunderson needs save the sermon for something that actually matters
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