First let’s pose this question, Why is a boxer interested in the career and/or life of a football player? Is he trying to drum up some sort of publicity for himself? Or is he really consumed with thoughts of a popular football player because he is no longer playing for his favorite team? Whatever his reasoning, his opinions seem to be over the top and uncalled for.
Bernard Hopkins isn’t the sharpest rock in the box and his remarks against Donovan McNabb are unprovoked and juvenile. He’s calling the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback “privileged” and talks about his blackness as nothing more than a suntan. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he was quoted saying, “Forget this,” Hopkins said, pointing to his own dark skin, “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”
He went on to equate Terrell Owens and Michael Vick with him insinuating they “keep it real” as black men and they remained “true to their roots.” Is he serious right now?? Vick and Owens both backpedaled and did what they had to do to improve their images and make good with the “establishment!” Sounds like someone has drank just an ounce too much of his favorite sports drink, hatorade.
Fletcher Smith, Mcnabb’s agent gave this response to Hopkins attacks on badlefthook.com:
“Ill-informed statements such as the perplexing one Mr. Hopkins muttered recently are dangerous and irresponsible. It perpetuates a maliciously inaccurate stereotype that insinuates those African-Americans who have access to a wider variety of resources are somehow culturally different than their brethren.
… Donovan’s parents are proud Americans who worked hard to give their sons the best childhood they could provide. He is unapologetically proud of sacrifices they made for him. Donovan and his brother were raised to be hard-working African-American men who were taught to believe in themselves.
It is vital that we extinguish this brand of willful ignorance and instill in the minds of African-American youth regardless of the parental makeup of your household they can become anything they wish if they work hard and make the right decisions in life.
I wish Mr. Hopkins luck in his upcoming fight.”
Good job, McNabb! Taking the high road is the only defense against an asinine person such as Hopkins has proven himself to be. It’s disturbing to think that it may be McNabb’s fat contract he received of $78 million when traded to the Washington Redskins last year that brought out all of this hate. Read more on the issue here…if you can.