Jameis Winston is an amazing college football player. The freshman quarterback for Florida State had a truly amazing year, going undefeated, bringing home the Heisman Trophy and winning the National Championship with a clutch touchdown with 13 seconds left. Winston is only the third player to accomplish this feat, an instantly puts himself as the top QB in college football.
After the game, the overjoyed 19 year old gave an interview with ESPN. You could feel the jubilation and excitment from Winston. Let us all agree, after watching the video below, that Winston doesn’t have the greatest diction and grammar skills. Some people were left scratching their heads trying to understand him, which led to this tweet from Dee Dee McCarron, AJ McCarrons mother.
A little rude, but it looks pretty harmless. However, that didn’t stop the all mighty users Twitter from blasting Dee Dee, who quickly deleted the tweet, only to see the nerds of the internet instantly screenshot it and circulate it around the web.
What bothers me the most is the fact that Dee Dee is now being called a racist. I do not understand how asking if a person is speaking english is racist. “Do you speak english” or “English please” type of statements have probably been said by everyone in this country to another person at some point in life, either seriously or jokingly. Why is this racism? Dee Dee didn’t make some stereotypical joke. She didn’t mention anything about race or color.
So is it because a white woman asked if a black male was “speaking english” that qualifies as racism? Can this country get anymore soft? No seriously, everyday there is some outrage over something that really doesn’t affect anyones lives. What if the situation was reversed? What if Jameis Winston’s mom tweeted “Am I listening to English” if AJ was giving a speech? Would anyone attack her calling her a racist? I doubt it.
Again (as I need to clarify over and over so people don’t freak), what Dee Dee said was rude, sure. But was it really that bad? Did she really ruin this kids life or really say anything bad about his ethnicity? No!!!! So why is this a story? Why take away from a great game with “controversy”. It is no secret many college players aren’t the brightest of people (not everyone, but some). Many student athletes will kick back and lay off classes, and teachers will look the other way. Many athletes with NFL dreams, like Winston, will put football over school work. Do I know this about Winston for sure? No, I do not. I am sure he works hard and wants to obtain a degree. But Winston isn’t worried about how he talks. Dee Dee Bonner shouldn’t care either. People around this country shouldn’t care about this controversey.
Dee Dee later tweeted “Any1 that knows our family knows we r far from racist. My tweet was not in anyway meant that way. I sincerely apologize if it offended any1”
If someone is honestly offended and upset over this tweet, please get off of Twitter, go outside and go do something with your free time. There is no freedom of speech in this country anymore, as those rights are slowly disappearing. I am not saying people should freely yell racist comments or say racist things in public or on social media, but when “do you speak english” is considered racist from many, it really makes me wonder where we are headed as a country.
Great game Jameis Winston and congrats on your fantastic year. Can we please keep SPORTS STORIES about SPORTS and not some ridiculous “outrage”.