In all of my time as a devoted sports fan, this is possibly the most idiotic and outrageous controversy I have ever heard to come from pro athletes.
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The big surprise in the story was that had Percy Harvin stayed, and decided to revolt against the Seahawks starting QB, Russell Wilson, he may have not been alone.
Allegedly Harvin and some Seahawks players believe that Wilson isn’t “black enough.”
We’ve all heard that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was extremely upset at learning of the Harvin trade, even refusing to get on the team bus heading to the airport before the Rams game. Is it possible that Lynch would have been on Harvin’s side had their become a divide in the locker room?
"Players said Harvin was an accelerant in a locker room that was quickly dividing between Wilson and anti-Wilson. … There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed. My feeling on this—and it’s backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players—is that some of the black players think Wilson isn’t black enough."
"The main issue some players seem to have with Wilson is they think he’s too close to the front office, which is the same ridiculous thing some said about McNabb. How anyone could have a problem with Wilson—one of the best players in the sport and one of its best citizens—is unfathomable to me, but that’s the case."
As a huge Seahawks fan and possibly even more of a Russell Wilson fan, I can’t imagine that this would be an actual issue. I’m still convinced that it’s April Fools, or that I was really reading an article in The Onion and I’m really being duped.
How is it that in 2014, a black man can be criticized and looked down upon because he’s well-spoken and well liked in the media?