Found December 23, 2012 on
During Saturday's Kansas State-Florida college basketball matchup, Wildcats guard Angel Rodriguez picked up a foul that ESPN analyst Fran Franchilla thought wasn't a great call. After discussion of the play, play by play man Mitch Holthus made a reference to Rodriguez's "Puerto Rican temper" in relation to his play on the court. It just so happens that Rodriguez is the player who was the target of "where's your green card?" chants from members of the Southern Miss band this past March.
It's misguided to blame Rodriguez's temper on his nationality as opposed to anything else in his life. "Latin fire" is one of those consistent stereotypes that tends to show up in all sports. If Rodriguez's name was something like Frank Smith, I'm sure there would have been no mention of his temper in relation to his nationality. To his credit, Holthus backpedaled after the game on Twitter.
But given as much negative press as ESPN has got in the last week due to these kinds of stereotypes, you'd think everyone in sports would be a bit more careful.
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ESPN announcer Mitch Holthus made some questionable remarks toward Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez on Saturday. The comments came midway through the second half of Kansas State's 67-61 upset victory over No. 8 Florida.Upon Rodriguez picking up his third foul, Holthus made a comment regarding Rodriguez's "Puerto Rican temper", which has many folks crying foul...
Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez may hail from Puerto Rico, but what does that have to do with his play on the court? To most us of, Rodriguez is a sophomore guard who has played well this season for the Wildcats and is averaging more than 10 points per game. For ESPN announcer Mitch Holthus, it sounds like there is more to it than that.
During the broadcast of Kansas State’s...
For whatever reason, Kansas St guard Angel Rodriguez cannot free himself from some racial discussion. Last season, a Southern Miss band foolishly chanted “where’s your Green Card.” Not only was the that chant insensitive, it is flat-out wrong, since Puerto Ricans have automatic citizenship. Saturday, Rodrgiuez and the Wildcats were taking on Florida, when the [...]
Duke and Michigan remained the top two teams in Monday's Associated Press college basketball poll, while Syracuse dropped from third to ninth after its first loss.
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