Mike Freeman had two qualifications as a sports writer. A college degree and a willingness to casually throw around accusations of racism. But then it turned out that he didn’t actually have a college degree and had to resign from the Indianapolis Star for lying about that.
But CBS apparently has lower standards than the Indianapolis Star and Mike Freeman is there now, still doing what he built his career on doing, accusing people in sports of being racist. If this resume sounds at all odd, remember that Freeman came out of the New York Times. So it’s no wonder that’s all he knows how to do.
Here’s just a sample in Mike Freeman’s storied career of reporting on
sports racism. In 2007, he dedicated an entire column to complaining about being victimized by racist hate mail. In 2011, he claimed that Cam Newton is being criticized because of racism. He drops racial bias accusations at the drop of a hat. He wrote a demented column accusing Rush Limbaugh of racism and warning that if his bid for the Rams succeeded, it would all but destroy the NFL.
If Mike Freeman wasn’t able to talk about racism, his columns would be white space. But usually Freeman’s racism accusations fall into a more conventional “You white people” line. But with the Redskins, Freeman, who is black, decided to declare that any American Indian who isn’t offended by the name Redskins is an “Uncle Tom.”
“There is no outrage from American Indians in Washington because there are no damn American Indians in Washington,” Freeman declared, apparently forgetting about the existence of Senator Warren. Freeman, like Warren, claims some unspecified American Indian blood, which is convenient for making racist comments about them.
Claiming the right to be offended by Redskins, Freeman also declared, “Sure, there will be some Uncle Tom American Indians who will say Redskins honors them, just like there were some Uncle Tom blacks who once didn’t mind being called colored.”
Having claimed the Warren share, Freeman now also claims the right to declare which American Indians are legitimate and which are traitors to the race.
The rest of Freeman’s column reads like he wrote it while getting into a traumatic car accident. “The city of Washington, D.C., my birthplace, is approximately 50 percent black, according to the U.S.Census Bureau. We used to call it Chocolate City. The team shouldn’t be called the racist name Redskins. There is no significant population of American Indians. The percentage of American Indians in D.C., the Census states, is 0.6 percent. Thus the more correct correlation for a team name is the Washington N-Words.”
Unrelated, but possibly related, the opening of a 2008 Mike Freeman column. “When Dick Vitale basically declared during this weekend’s Duke-North Carolina broadcast that Tyler Hansbrough displayed the most desire of any player he has seen in all the years he has been covering college basketball, for a moment — a fleeting one — I thought I was smoking crack again.”