by Scott Aberdeen | Top Right Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin complained on Fox Sports about people calling him “a player’s coach.”
This term is considered to be a very high compliment, and a rarity in football, as such coaches command unusual loyalty from their players.
But now Tomlin says if you call him that, you’re a racist.
That’s right. After Fox Sports reporter Laura Okmin asked if “the term kind of shifted” Tomlin first said it didn’t bother him. Then he opened that big can of worms, and said it was racist anyway.
You know, it doesn’t bother me because I don’t worry too much about what people define me as. You know, but at the same time it’s something I get tired of addressin’ or answerin’ over the last eight years because invariably, you know, I think it means something about my age and my race, you know. I’ve been doing this job for eight years and I think anybody that I work with will tell you that I mean business and there’s no blurred lines in terms of relationships that I have with guys, in terms of their roles and my roles,. I think sometimes it’s somewhat insulting to be honest with you.
As blogger Warner Toff Huston asked: “Racist? Really? Now a long-time compliment is considered an insult? And ageist, to boot?”
Unbelievable how some people make everything about race. Perhaps they are inspired by their president and outgoing Attorney General.