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FS1’s Skip Bayless says that the black players on the Cleveland Browns have turned on quarterback Baker Mayfield.
On Friday, Bayless cited a source who told him Mayfield lost the support of his black teammates after the Browns moved on from Odell Beckham Jr. earlier in the season.
“I have a very good source there, who told me that several of the black players, the better black players — let’s call them the black leaders on the team – have turned on Baker because they love [Odell Beckham Jr.],” Bayless said on Undisputed.
“They just blame Baker for Odell’s departure,” Bayless continued. “Like, ‘We lost him because of you?’ In the end it came across like you couldn’t click with him and he had to go and now he’s a Ram. …They’re in awe of his talent, obviously. It didn’t reach fruition with Baker, for whatever reason.”
It’s unclear why the skin colors of the players would determine which side of the Mayfield-Beckham saga they are on. Unless, of course, players are taking sides based on race.
Ahh, but that appears to be what Bayless is suggesting: that black players, which make up most of the team, feel obligated to side with Beckham because he’s black and Mayfield is white.
So in 2021, professionals were forming civil wars inside the workplace based on skin color. Think about that — it’s disturbing. Racist, even.
More to the point, no one in the media will condemn this way of thinking. Most likely, sports media figures of all races will take Beckham’s side to show they support a black player over a white player. Everyone has to prove they are not racist, right? Even you.
Ultimately, it does not matter who was right, Mayfield or Beckham. And based on their personalities, they were probably both responsible for their lack of success together. Instead, it sounds like only their races matter. Stunning.
We are becoming a more racist country as influencers fight perceived racism with overt racism. And sports are often the leader in that twisted — and racist — logic.
Skip Bayless concludes that the Browns locker room is no longer a happy place because black players don’t like a white player.