ESPN continued down their politically progressive path on Monday, going fully insane over golf superstar Tiger Woods’ recent comments about President Donald Trump.
“First Take” co-host Max Kellerman, fully triggered by Woods’ comments, ranted about how “angry” he was about the “thoughtless statement.” And Kellerman’s counterpart, Stephen A. Smith, said that Woods is “not black” and doesn’t identify as black, which has upset the African-American community and explains the golf phenom’s Trump comments.
Woods was asked about Trump, whom he has a personal relationship with, by a New York Times reporter on Sunday: “I think a lot of people, especially people of color, immigrants feel threatened by him, by his policies. … What do you say to people who might find it interesting, I guess, that you have a friendly relationship with him?”
“Well, he’s the President of the United States and you have to respect the office. And no matter who’s in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” answered Woods.
This completely mild response set off the “First Take” crew.
“It really bothers me. I’m angry at what Tiger Woods said, because it is a thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement, and it either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it, or else it’s just a stupid thing to say,” said Kellerman. The co-host argued that “having respect for the office means, principally, in my view, is the officer-holder should have respect for the office.”
“Well, we all know that,” agreed Smith.
“Tiger Woods is … being slick,” continued an upset Kellerman, adding, “I don’t even know if he believes that’s what he’s saying.”
“Well, first of all, we don’t know what Tiger Woods believes. He’s Cablinasian. He’s not black,” responded Smith. “When he got arrested, he was black. He was listed black on the report.”
Smith claimed that Woods doesn’t identify himself as black, to the disapproval of the African-American community, and suggested that’s why he made the remarks he did about Trump and why he chooses not to speak out on other alleged racial injustices:
So, let’s understand that, Tiger Woods, that’s the issue the African-American community has always had, because, obviously from a historical perspective, if one-third of you has a darker hue, a darker pigmentation, the bottom line is you are black and it is that simple. … So, what I’m saying to you is, clearly, you are perceived as being a black man and even though you didn’t want to disassociate yourself from your mother’s ethnicity, who is Tai I believe, the bottom line is, that’s the reason why he took that position. But black Americans haven’t respected that from Tiger for quite some time. They haven’t heard him speak on a plethora of issues pertaining to having a social consciousness on many, many occasions.