ESPN Broadcaster Suggests Oregon Coach Yelling At Player Is Racist

On Saturday, Oregon football coach Mario Cristobal berated one of his players, Kris Hutson, for showboating after he made a big play. Cristobal had good reason to be upset. The refs immediately negated the play by penalizing Hutson for unsportsmanlike conduct, which kept the Ducks out of field goal range just before the end of the half.

However, ESPN broadcaster Rod Gilmore criticized Cristobal’s reaction, calling it “too much.” Fox Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb found Gilmore’s commentary odd. In response to Gottlieb, Gilmore doubled down and — you guessed it — racialized the story. Remember, Gilmore works for ESPN — so racializing everything is part of the job.

Take a look:

First, Cristobal is Cuban. So Gilmore’s race-baiting is off to a rough start. Second, and I ask this often, what does skin color have to do with anything?

Rod Gilmore likely didn’t find Cristobal’s reaction racist. In fact, Gilmore ended up having to defend his stance after several people, like Gottlieb, mocked his commentary about the player-coach exchange online. Apparently, Gilmore thought racializing the matter would drop the mic.

Because Gilmore thought Cristobal was white, he followed the media’s playbook. In that book, a section says if a white person (or someone you think is white) does something even remotely untoward to a black person, call it racist immediately. So Gilmore did. In other words, an exchange doesn’t actually have to be racist for the media to call it racist. Got that?

I was willing to consider Gilmore’s point before he foolishly made it about race. Hutson’s penalty was inexcusable and hurt his team. That can’t happen and will always lead to frustration in an emotional atmosphere. However, I am not a fan of adults who scream at other individuals. It shows more weakness than strength.

That said, scolding is common in sports, particularly in football. Black coaches scold white players, white coaches scold black players, and — now we know — Cuban coaches scold black players.

Therefore, much to Gilmore’s chagrin, an action can be wrong — and, in this case, it’s debatable — but still have nothing to do with race. Did you know that?

Here we have a foolish penalty, a heated coach on the sidelines, and a story that has nothing to do with race.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. Gilmore is a freaking gas lighting clown. Sick of these type of idiots that try to inject race and their dedication to victimhood into every argument. The player screwed up and got called out by the coach. Period. Gilmore should be ashamed and embarrassed. Crying wolf on every incident does nothing to promote your so called cause. Disgusting.

  2. Yeah, so Nick Saban berates people. I guess that makes him weak? Yeah, okay…..

    As for Gilmore, he’s always been a terrible commentator. Not surprised by this at all. ESPN has held onto him for years, calling games that are like the 9th or 10th game on a 10 game schedule. For some reason they continue to employ him……

    • That’s right. Gilmore is like the H team of broadcasters. He thought he would make himself more relevant by claiming a Cuban coach berating a black player is racist. This is deeper than we realize. It is more of the black players (people) don’t have to take responsibility for their actions because of systemic racism that happened 60 years plus ago. Lame.

  3. Good Lord! I see a player, regardless of race, getting called out for a foolish and stupid act that cost his team 15 yards. Gilmore sees race and immediately injects that into the broadcast. He would have been better off to just keep his mouth shut! I’m betting this kid simply catches the ball and hands it to the ref next time.

  4. Don’t know this guy, Gilmore, but he obviously is a stupid fuck. Saban rants on players but they understand he’s trying to make them better and hold them accountable to the team. Accountability is a thing of the past to leftists and bigots like this clown Gilmore.

  5. YIKES! This story has been posted for THREE HOURS and our resident “comment troll” has yet to wade in. This absurdity is right in his wheelhouse.

    ….. someone better check to be sure he’s still “fogging a mirror”.

  6. What he’s trying to do is create an issue that doesn’t exist, which we all know. However, once this becomes a “new racial issue” with coaching, then the only solution will be to ensure all coaches are black so they can scold black players. It’s all a master plot to remove white people from everything in life but thankfully that’s NOT racist.

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