An ESPN analyst called the University of Oregon football coach’s tongue-lashing of his player for showboating Saturday “bad optics,” citing U.S. racial tensions.
Is discipline racist?
Late in the second quarter of nationally ranked Oregon’s game against the University of Arizona Wildcats, Ducks receiver Kris Hutson spun the ball after a catch and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct — enraging his head coach, Mario Cristobal.
Kid has 5 catches all year, makes a nice grab, spins the ball after catch, costs Oregon. “This is a bit too much” is insane commentary. Credit the kid too, he looks MC in the eye and says “Yes sir” pic.twitter.com/KuJw4Bcoui
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 27, 2021
Hutson, who is black, humbly endured the dressing-down from Cristobal, who is Cuban American, replying, “Yes, sir.”
Cristobal’s act of coaching was interpreted by ESPN analyst Rod Gilmore as akin to a racial injustice.
Gilmore scolded Cristobal on Twitter Monday.
- “U can deliver the lesson w/o flexing your power & control. It did not make Black parents I know happy,” he said.
Many commenters pushed back on Gilmore’s racialized interpretation of the exchange.
- “Black parent here x5. And I talked to a lot of other parents about this,” tweeted former University of Oregon and NFL player George Wrightster III. “Kid messed up in a big spot. Coach chewed him out. It was over. If it were my son i would have NO problem with what happened.”
- Others noted that white college football players are not immune to verbal spankings from their coaches.
IS DISCIPLINE RACIST?
Teacher claims that encouraging students to behave is white supremacy pic.twitter.com/DCBdcuMitg
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) September 13, 2021