Straw Man

I’m not a betting man, but if there were an enterprising oddsmaker or bookie taking bets on who’d be the first black athlete to castigate Jemele Hill, I probably would have put a couple of dollars strawberrydown on Charles Barkley or Ray Lewis. I might have parlayed it with Jason Whitlock, who played college football at Ball State and is one of the favorites to win gold for the 2020 Olympic shucking-and-jiving team.

But I would have lost all my money because less than 24 hours after the Trump White House called for ESPN host Jemele Hill to be fired for her Twitter rant truth-telling about Donald Trump’s white supremacist tendencies, former baseball star Darryl Strawberry burst out of the gate, rushing to castigate Hill for her comments while simultaneously praising the Dollar Store Stalin for . . . umm . . . I guess being white.

When Varney & Co. host Stuart Varney asked the four-time World Series champion whether Hill should have been fired, Strawberry responded:

I think no one should call anyone anything. President Trump, he’s a great man to me. He was always gracious to me. I really love him, his family, I was on his show, and he’s always been kind to me. I’ve known him quite well and every time I’ve seen him and been around him he’s always been so gracious with me and I’m always grateful for that.

Strawberry appeared on Donald Trump’s Apprentice in 2010, which apparently means the world to Strawberry, because he loves Trump. He thinks Trump is a “great man” because Trump was “gracious” to him.

Darryl Strawberry sounds like the slave who wouldn’t let anyone say a bad word about the plantation owner because the master never beat him: “Don’t call him no bad names! Massa Trump been good to me! Who else is gon’ pick this cotton?”

Strawberry selectively ignores the fact that the only reason he is on Fox Business Channel is that he is a recovering addict who overcame addiction, something for which the Trump administration would have locked him up in jail instead of offering him treatment. When Strawberry says, “No one should call anyone anything,” he apparently believes that Hill’s calling Trump a “white supremacist” is worse than Trump’s history of name-calling, including calling:

  • Mika Brzezinski “dumb as a rock”
  • Rosie O’Donnell a “pig”
  • President Barack Obama an “insane” Muslim born in Kenya
  • Mexicans “rapists”
  • black people folks with “no education,” “criminals” and “a catastrophe”

Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there is a simpler explanation for why Strawberry rushed to throw Hill under a slow-moving bus for nothing more than the pleasant smile of a billionaire racist who wouldn’t give a damn about Strawberry if his asshole were stuffed with hundred-dollar bills and extra-crispy thighs from Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Maybe Darryl Strawberry still smokes crack.

Michael Harriot

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