RUSH: I haven’t seen this anywhere but where I found it last night. You football fans, the Seattle Seahawks, what reminded me of this, African-Americans.
The Seattle Seahawks traded wide receiver Percy Harvin and the word leaked out because he was a clubhouse cancer. He was ready to explode. He was causing dissension in the ranks. He was not a team player, and all this stuff started leaking out. So they traded him to the Jets. The Jets got him for very little ’cause the Seahawks wanted to unload, but nobody could figure out why. I mean, he’s a great player, but he wasn’t showing up, he was saying he couldn’t play, refused to go in the game.
It turns out there’s a story last night, there is huge dissension in the Seahawks locker room over their quarterback, Russell Wilson. He’s not black enough. I am not kidding you. Some guy named Mike Freeman writing at BleacherReport.com says he has heard this. It’s coming from the locker room. It almost parallels the situation with Donovan McNabb and T.O., Terrell Owens. Owens accused McNabb of being too close to management, too white, too well spoken, not down for the struggle.
And apparently, according to this Mike Freeman guy, the same thing is happening with the Seahawks. That Russell Wilson, he’s out there doing all this PR, PSAs and all this charity work and getting all this great puff piece media, but he’s too close to management. He’s not black enough, and so forth, and Percy Harvin just resented the hell out of it and they had to get rid of Harvin ’cause he was gonna blow up. Now, people writing about this say they don’t want to write about it. They’re very uncomfortable mentioning this but that it has to be mentioned because their sources are telling them this is going on. Denials, of course, are all over the place about this.
But the story does say this kind of thing extends well beyond NFL locker rooms. Not black enough? We’ve talked about it. There have been stories on this program over the course of 25 years where that has come up about some people, not black enough or they do too well in school, that’s being too white. But apparently this whole thing has permeated, infiltrated the Seattle Seahawks locker room.
RUSH: By the way, that article on Russell Wilson not being black enough for some players on the Seattle Seahawks, that same article claims that teammates believe that Russell Wilson is unwilling to take responsibility for bad throws. It’s never his fault. Some players are complaining, never his fault. Russell never screws up. Somebody dropped a good pass, somebody ran the wrong route, but it’s never his fault. So things are effervescing out there. And again, it’s a story, the guy’s name is Mike Freeman, I think, BleacherReport.com. I have it here. I hadn’t intended to get to it yet.
RUSH: Now, here is the story. I found it a place called TheBigLead.com. This story quotes Mike Freeman at Bleacher Report, so the headline: “Russell Wilson Isn’t ‘Black Enough,’ Seahawks Players Allegedly Say.” And here’s a pull quote from the story. “This, again, was similar to the situation with McNabb [versus Terrell Owens]. And this, again, will be denied by Seattle people. But there is an element of this. This is an issue that extends outside of football, into African-American society — though itÂ’s gotten better recently. Well-spoken blacks are seen by some other blacks as not completely black. Some of this is at play.” That’s Mike Freeman at Bleacher Report.
“After Percy Harvin was traded to the Jets, the leaks began almost immediately. Harvin physically fought teammates. Harvin pulled himself out of games. Harvin may have been about to ‘launch a mutiny’ against Russell Wilson. Though (presumably) WilsonÂ’s camp spread word through ESPNÂ’s Chris Mortensen that Wilson wanted to keep Harvin aboard and help the troubled receiver through his ‘anger and trust’ issues, it seemed, as someone watching from afar without inside access, that HarvinÂ’s alleged issues with Wilson held the most efficacy in his ouster.”
See, what they’re getting at here is Harvin didn’t like Wilson, for a whole host of reasons. A, he wasn’t black enough, B all the phony just lapdog PR, all the charitable, Russell Wilson perfect, just like Derek Jeter. Does everything right. Never makes a mistake. Loved by everybody. When he screws up he never takes the blame, always shifts it to somebody else. That combination of things led to Percy Harvin to being unable to cope. This story points out that Percy Harvin had a lot of friends on that team who agreed with him. So it goes on to talk about a divided clubhouse, but the quarterback rules the day.
It’s another wide receiver that learned the quarterback’s gonna win if you get in a fight with him and you’re gonna be the one gone. So they traded him, and now the Jets have him. “Bleacher ReportÂ’s Mike Freeman shed some light on issues that Harvin had with Wilson, and seemed to back Mike FlorioÂ’s assertion that the Seahawks feared the receiver would not be alone in a coalition against Wilson: Players said Harvin was an accelerant in a locker room that was quickly dividing between Wilson and anti-Wilson. Â… There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed.”
I’m reading here from TheBigLead.com. Or maybe this is Mike Freeman. This story mixes what Freeman has written with what the writer of this story thinks and sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s saying what. “Players said Harvin was an accelerant in a locker room that was quickly dividing between Wilson and anti-Wilson. Â… There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed. My feeling on this — and itÂ’s backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players — is that some of the black players think Wilson isnÂ’t black enough.” I think that’s from the Mike Freeman Bleacher Report story.
And it continues. “This, again, was similar to the situation with McNabb [versus Terrell Owens]. And this, again, will be denied by Seattle people. But there is an element of this. This is an issue that extends outside of football, into African-American society — though itÂ’s gotten better recently. Well-spoken blacks are seen by some other blacks as not completely black. Some of this is at play.”
Now, “Freeman notes that he doesnÂ’t agree with some of the Seattle playersÂ’ sentiment, and cites a tweet from a Daily News reporter that Marshawn Lynch –” running back, Seahawks “– was irate and almost didnÂ’t board the team bus” when he found out that Harvin was traded, but eventually he did.
And then there’s this little add-on here. Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated, get this now. I didn’t see it, but this past August Sports Illustrated did a profile of Russell Wilson’s friends, and they’re all white. (gasping) “This past August, SIÂ’s Greg Bishop profiled WilsonÂ’s entourage, all of whom are white guys. Wilson appears in too many commercials to count. There always seem to be cameras around for his community service work. Announcers always talk about his HARD WORK and devotion to THE GAME. Since he entered the league heÂ’s demonstrated precociousness in the Derek Jeter art of speaking in a manner which will draw praise from the sports media, but convey nothing of discernible value.”
So they’re clearly setting this up. And I want to point out again that all of this is being said and discussed and analyzed by a bunch of people on the left, folks. It’s not a bunch of conservatives running around saying he’s not black enough. It’s not a bunch of conservative reporters. I am repeating it, but this whole “black enough” stuff and all this dissension and the fact that Russell Wilson’s entourage is all white guys, that’s all the liberal sports media. They are the ones that have race on the brain.