Shannon Sharpe was pretty animated on Monday morning while speaking on the topic of racism in the wake of the killing of African George Floyd by a white police officer late last month.
Sharpe, an FS1 sports analyst, says he’s pleased to see the outcry from colleges and sports leagues in general, but he will be checking back in two or three years to see if they’re keeping “the same energy.”
“Now, it’s the right thing to do, it’s the easy thing to do. But like I said, Skip [Bayless], I’m gon’ check back with them in two-three years,” Sharpe said on Monday’s episode of UNDISPUTED. “I’m gon’ check back with you to see if you have that same energy. Because I’ve been looking at Twitter and I’ve been looking at IG and I see a lot of black and white hands intertwined. We are one, and we united, and we don’t win unless we all win. Hashtags are fine, but black people are tired of hashtags, we want results.”
Shannon Sharpe Calls For More Support From Figures Such As Tom Brady and Drew Brees
Shannon Sharpe has also challenged white athletes to show as much support right now as they show their black counterparts when they achieve something positive, singling out NFL superstars Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
“Although I commend them, I’m not giving them too much praise or patting them on the back because you should have done this years ago,” he said of colleges.
“Tom Brady and Drew Brees, we need your voices,” the NFL Hall of Famer added. “Because you talk about ‘that’s my brother’. Okay, well your brother’s brother is suffering, I wanna hear you. Come on, you say we brothers, you’ll pat us on the back when we do something good, ‘that’s what I’m talking about, we family!’. Okay, I need that same energy right now.”
Meanwhile, the NBA has taken a very public stance against racial injustice, with Commissioner Adam Silver condemning the practice that saw yet another man lose his life at the hands of a white law enforcement officer.
“Just as we are fighting a pandemic, which is impacting communities and people of color more than anyone else, we are being reminded that there are wounds in our country that have never healed,” Silver wrote. “Racism, police brutality and racial injustice remain part of everyday life in America and cannot be ignored. At the same time, those who serve and protect our communities honorably and heroically are again left to answer for those who don’t.”
The National Basketball Coaches Association has also formed a committee with the aim of tackling racially-motivated negativity in NBA cities.