As the entire country deals with some heavy topics about race, police brutality and the need for equal rights, WIP’s Angelo Cataldi wondered aloud on Wednesday morning if the sports world could get back to sports.
After less than a week of protests in the country, Cataldi wants a distraction.https://twitter.com/AngeloCataldi/status/1268125498502242304
Earlier this week, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson gave a speech to his teammates that was so powerful it motivated Jason Kelce to speak out. And then in a lengthy and emotional interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, Jackson spoke bluntly about his own experiences with racism and about how he thinks the country can move forward.
Jackson is trying to use his platform to make a difference, so he predictably wasn’t happy with Cataldi’s tweet.
I think you need to watch your mouth & fix your hands to tweet something positive about what’s going on in our world and community’s for positivity and help change the narrative!!— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson10) June 4, 2020
It’s people like you who have no respect & no clue of what’s going on. Use your voice for the influence of power, & help what’s going on in our society. before you speak on this serious topic !— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson10) June 4, 2020
Good for DeSean.
I don’t want to take anything away from Cataldi, who has worked very hard to have the longevity in this market that he has, but this is an irresponsible use of his platform.
Look, we all need distractions. And there’s no greater distraction than sports. I get all that. But read the freakin’ room. There are athletes in the City of Philadelphia — athletes the city cheers for on the field, court and ice — using their platforms to at least try to effect change. Those people deserve our admiration.
To ask if the sports guys can get back to sportsing is asking them to remove their humanity. It’s asking them to shut up and dribble and that’s not fair.
If Cataldi wants to use his platform to talk about all the sports that aren’t being played right now, so be it. But he asked if it’s too soon and, yes, absolutely it is.
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