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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Playmaker: Classy to the End

Speculation about reasons for ESPN terminating Michael Irvin ranges from:

-wanting to wait until the end of the season to avoid the bad publicity of letting him go during the season to punish him for the misunderstanding that took place when he was stopped and found to be in possession of a drug pipe (even though it has clearly been proven he was trying to help another person who had a drug problem) and for the misinterpretation of his good natured joke involving Tony Romo's ancestry

to:

-the network execs feeling that his on air talent was lacking.

Whatever the case may be, Irvin has remained classy and forthright through out the ordeal.

"I truly appreciate what ESPN allowed me to do, but it was time to move on," he told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. "These are exciting times for me and my family. There are a lot of opportunities to explore."

We at NOIS wish Michael continued success and are sure that there has to be a network out there willing to look beyond the color of his skin and give him the chance to continue his outstanding broadcasting.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The incident involving the "crack pipe" was during the '05 season, so if that was they cause they would have let him go before the '06 season!

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

Sir, good point.

Email this columnist and let him know. Thanks in advance.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/cs-0702200143feb20,1,3207809.column?coll=cs-columnists

One Shining Moment Bloggers said...

Just remember:

"They can talk about me like they want to, but, um, I got my money... so matter what you all say, Mike black, but Mike rich!"

-JH

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Mike black, but Mike rich!" "

Sir, it's the perfect epitaph.

Spencer said...

ESPN has a long and storied tradition of keeping the black man down. Sean Salsberry shows people pictures of his small white cock on his cell phone and somehow still has a job. Harold Reynolds has something termed and 'inappropriate' hug end his career? The only thing inappropriate is that he hugged a white woman.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Sean Salsberry shows people pictures of his small white cock on his cell phone and somehow still has a job."

Sir, apparently, Mr. Salisbury showed his little pig tail to the right persons.