I really, really, really, really, really, really really didn't want to have to dignify ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd with any more attention after his ridiculous rant about John Wall's Dougie in his first NBA home game. But now that Cowherd has brought John Wall's father into this, I can't help myself. Because this is both completely ridiculous and unacceptable.
Via Dan Steinberg, here's what Cowherd said today in light of Wall's triple-double last night.
"Let me tell you something: I'm a big believer, when it comes to quarterbacks and point guards. Who's your dad? Who's your dad? Because I like confrontational players, I don't like passive aggressive. Strong families equal strong leaders. Talent? Overrated. Leadership? Underrated. And you can say, well, Colin, can you just go out and say anything crazy and get people to e-mail. That's not the point. You wouldn't e-mail if I was an idiot, because you wouldn't listen to the show. You listen to the show because we make good points.
"I simply have a different opinion than you do on John Wall. I like the character of Derek Fisher, the rebounding and distribution ability of Rajon Rondo, that's what I like. That's what I want from my point guards. You celebrate the assists more than the buckets.....I know he's great. So don't confuse [me saying] John Wall's no good. No, John Wall's an A+ talent. I don't think he's ever gonna be an A+ win-championships point guard."
John Wall's father was in prison for Wall's entire childhood. Wall didn't even know him. In fact, Wall didn't even know anything about why he was in prison until Washington Post writer Eric Prisbell informed him for this feature story. Not only does Cowherd's argument make no sense, but it is insensitive and, to a point, kind of racist.
The silliest part about this is that Rajon Rondo, who Cowherd revers, went through a similar upbringing to Wall. As Chris Littmann notes, Rondo's father walked out on him when he was seven. What do you say to that, Colin?
Hopefully, nothing. As much as Cowherd is just trying to get attention, the actions here are pretty unacceptable. Hopefully, this results in at least a suspension, if not worse.