The Washington Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan was on the Grant and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan this past Thursday. One topic of conversation was young stud in the making Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. McCloughan talked about the admiration he had for Harper for his talent and his ability to absorb the community he currently represents.
For a clearer look at how he feels about Harper you can look to the following words uttered by the Redskins GM; “But just to see the passion; you know, he’s wearing a Caps jersey, he’s wearing a D.C. hat. Just seeing him involved in the community, just to know that the fan base is out of control — I love it.”
Now that is clearly a guy enamored with Harper and the community rallying around the young star as he represents the city he currently calls home. Since he has scouting ability as a GM, he was asked what position Harper would play if he was a player for the Washington Redskins. This is where things got a bit “interesting” from a remark perspective.
According to McCloughan, “Ehhhhh, probably strong safety. But, I went to a game a couple weeks ago, and he flipped his hips and caught a fly ball out in right field in the corner, and I thought, maybe [cornerback]. But I’m thinking, uhh, okay, no, he’s gotta be a safety. He’s a white guy.”
It is true that Bryce Harper was in fact a safety years ago when he played youth football. But it was not like McCloughan was channeling his inner genius and pointing out that he had talent but since he has played safety that would be a smoother transition. It was not that the frame and build for an athlete like Harper transitions to safety over corner. Nah, it was just because he was a “white guy.”
The General Manager of the Washington Redskins, whether taken out of context or not, chose a comment like that to explain his statement. This is from a team that constantly battles whether or not their team name should be considered a racial slur. This is destined to bring up opinion on both sides much like the name change debate that is already ongoing.
Let’s not forget that this is a GM in a league that is fighting issues like this and has dealt with their share of public “black eyes” over the last 12-18 months. Whether you feel it was “meant to be” a slur or if it was taken out of context, it was still a bonehead move. You have to KNOW better in a position like that. Why bring it up? Why say it that way? There were so many angles that could have been used and in fact, he was doing pretty well up to that point.
At this point I will leave it up to you. Was it a racial slur? Was it taken out of context? Is this all to do about nothing? I can think of some friends I have spoken to already and let’s just say the opinion is pretty strong with this one.