EAGLES QUARTERBACK Donovan McNabb says the media treats black quarterbacks more critically than white quarterbacks.
"They don't get criticized as much as we do," he told interviewer James Brown of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. "They don't."
When hounded by Philly sports media at a press conference yesterday, he said, "It's just reality. It's something that I've been a part of and other quarterbacks before and after me have been a part of. Did I expect any backlash? Yeah. Everything I say, I expect backlash from it."
Is there a bias among reporters or is this a case of a frustrated quarterback on a team (0-2 this year) that can't get over the hump (no championships since 1960)?
Is Philly just a sports crazy town or do the reporters here have a subtle prejudice?
Or is this controversy, as McNabb says, completely blown out of proportion?
UPDATE FROM 9/29: Philadelphia Inquirer columnist offers his perspective; reports that only 5 of the 60 journalists hounding McNabb at the press conference were people of color.
10 months ago