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Highlight of the Week: Desean Jackson

Haters gonna hate

 

Thanks to the nearly four month old NFL lockout and the court-ordered hush order on developments in the negotiating room, sports reporters like myself are simply running out of quality stories to run.

Take, for example, today’s ESPN article about Desean Jackson using “homophobic slurs” during an interview for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. If this were any other year, you never would have heard about the incident. In 2011, however, it’s a lead story. (Jackson, for the record, was responding to a particularly hostile caller and made a Kobe-esque blunder with the “F” word. He was not, in any way, directly discussing the gay community.)

Anyway. My point is that rather than waste your time on a Friday night with a half-assed article about roster battles or unsubstantiated rumors, I’ve instead chosen to introduce a new segment here at ITI: Highlight of the Week.

Throughout the offseason, I usually try to ease my football withdrawals by watching and rewatching Eagles highlight reels on YouTube. It’s not the real thing, but it helps. So, as a nod to all the fine folks out there who spend countless hours editing and posting these beautiful, magical compilations for football junkies like me, I’ll be selecting my favorites and throwing them up here every Saturday. It will give all you drunken lunatics something to do at 3 in the morning after your roommates have all passed out.

This week’s video, unfortunately, is by a user called AaronPackers. Even though he has terrible taste in football teams, he’s put together one hell of a 2010 DJax mixtape. Enjoy, and stay out of trouble tonight.

Topics: 2010, Comments, Desean, Eagles, ESPN, Highlights, Homophobic, Jackson, NFL, Sirius, Slur, Video, Xm

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  • bambi.rattner

    So using the “f” word is no big deal because he wasn’t really referring to a gay person? It’s just, you know, another way of calling someone a jerk. Of course, gay people shouldn’t take offense at this, should they? It’s sort of like calling someone as dumb as a “n—.” That would be okay as long as the person you’re insulting isn’t black. Makes perfect sense to me. Why would anyone find that offensive?

    What’s scary here is that people don’t see this as a problem.

  • bambi.rattner

    So using the “f” word is no big deal because he wasn’t really referring to a gay person? It’s just, you know, another way of calling someone a jerk. Of course, gay people shouldn’t take offense at this, should they? It’s sort of like calling someone as dumb as a “n—.” That would be okay as long as the person you’re insulting isn’t black. Makes perfect sense to me. Why would anyone find that offensive?

    What’s scary here is that people don’t see this as a problem.

  • KeithHeumiller

    I have two gay uncles and a gay friend I’ve known for more than 20 years. All three of them use the “f” word when talking about people who are not gay. I don’t use it, and I don’t agree with people who do, but it’s not the end of the world.

    There are some people who think that by banning specific words we will somehow eradicate hate and discrimination. This is stupid. Banning words only makes them more attractive to the people who use them, and it does nothing to change the behavior and psychology behind bigotry. Banning the word “retard” will not stop schoolkids from making fun of the mentally challenged. They’ll come up with a new word. People need to address the root causes behind discrimination – like the laws and policies still in place in this country – and spend less time yelling at athletes who accidentally drop an “f” bomb. Especially when they apologize for it.

  • KeithHeumiller

    I have two gay uncles and a gay friend I’ve known for more than 20 years. All three of them use the “f” word when talking about people who are not gay. I don’t use it, and I don’t agree with people who do, but it’s not the end of the world.

    There are some people who think that by banning specific words we will somehow eradicate hate and discrimination. This is stupid. Banning words only makes them more attractive to the people who use them, and it does nothing to change the behavior and psychology behind bigotry. Banning the word “retard” will not stop schoolkids from making fun of the mentally challenged. They’ll come up with a new word. People need to address the root causes behind discrimination – like the laws and policies still in place in this country – and spend less time yelling at athletes who accidentally drop an “f” bomb. Especially when they apologize for it.