Dec 15, 2015

Black ESPN Commentator, Michael Wilbon: Christian McCaffrey's Heisman Chances Are Hurt because He's White

via Caste Football

On the Tuesday broadcast of “Pardon the Interruption” on ESPN, co-host Michael Wilbon reacted to the three Heisman Trophy finalists being named, calling Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey “the best player in college football by far.” Even though Wilbon said McCaffrey was the best, he speculated McCaffrey, who is a white running back, would receive more hype and attention if he were not a white running back. A white running back at the college level and higher has become a rarity in recent years, although Stanford’s Toby Gerhart, also white, was a Heisman finalist in 2009 when he finished runner-up to Alabama’s Mark Ingram. “. . . this kid is an outsider looking in. The stereotype works against him even though I would vote for him for Heisman.” Wilbon also added, “Race is always a factor and [McCaffrey] would’ve received so much more publicity, McCaffrey, who has an incredible family in history of achievement in sports in America, if he wasn’t white.”

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