Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bill Romanowski Tweet about Cam Newton 'Boy' is Ignored by Bay Area Sports Media; Only Chronicle Reports; KNBR MIA, So Too 'The Game'

You probably saw news (albeit scarce) about the controversial Bill Romanowski tweet about Cam Newton.

This post is not about whether Romanowski's tweet was OK (it's since been deleted) For the record, the former 49ers' and Raiders' player who is now a commentator on CSNBA called Newton a "boy."

Romanowski apologized and said the "boy" reference was taken out of context, which I believe is the case; I'm not much a fan of Romanowski but I don't think he meant anything more onerous other than calling out Newton for his shitty post-game Super Bowl press conference.

What I will call out is the fact that beyond the Chronicle, no one in the Bay Area sports media has reported on the story, most notably Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, which employs Romo. Not a peep.

Of course, KNBR didn't say a word either; so to 95.7 FM "All Sports" The Game. (Damon Bruce did a couple of segments on BR but they were fairly short and innocuous)--  I'm not shocked these radio miscreants didn't say a word because real-world issues is a foreign subject matter at KNBR and The Game, pretty much the same. Unless the world were to explode, don't look for any non-sports reportage at either of the outlets although The Game is better here than KNBR. That's not saying much.

The bigger deal here is by refusing to even acknowledge what's been reported on the news domain reinforces the image of Bay Area sports media protecting its own. It's a bad look. It also assumes the Bay Area sports fans are a bunch of ill-informed mutants who don't care about anything other than box scores and tailgate parties.

Time will tell.

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13 comments:

  1. When will the ultra dissection of flippant comments cease? A comment is made and people come out of the woodwork and are offended.

    Meanwhile, the person that the comment was for, rarely responds and 99% of the time, doesn't care.

    Why does everyone turn words into issues? It's crazy.

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    1. Yes. Besides, I would have used the term Negro myself.

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    2. @12:30
      Liar. Otherwise, you would've tweeted it instead of posting an anonymous comment.

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  2. Bill Romanowski supporterFebruary 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    I don't see what the big deal is with Bill's social media post(s). Freedom of speech & freedom to ignore.

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  3. I think most media, and sports fans, know Romanowski has a screw or two loose. I realize that that doesn't mean it's not a story, but this is the same guy who spit in another player's face and was a fairly well-known, alleged 'roid rager.

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  4. Given Romanowski's track record it shouldn't surprise anyone that he would make a racist remark. It slips off his tongue naturally because it's part of him. It pisses me off that people ignore this type of thought. He's making fools of all of his supporters. He said he can't be a racist because he loved Good Times. Huh?

    - Brian

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  5. For the last few weeks, Cam has been acting like a spoiled naughty boy throwing food from his high chair. So, he's earned that label.
    That, or The Little Prince.

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  6. I read about it in the SJ Mercury News. That's Bay Area Sports Media. The article gave Romo's side of the story. Apparently, he didn't know that the word "boy" could be construed as racist. He meant to point out Cam's immaturity.

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    1. That's hard to believe from a guy who shared a locker room with fellow black players from college on, at least. Either that, or he never socialized with his black teammates.

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  7. Everyone's either a racist or a liar about it. Deal with it.

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  8. I'm not a fan of Romo - his brain seems to be all over the place - but in this case, I took his comment as a reference to Cam's immaturity.

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  9. Your last paragraph tells it all. And that's the truth.

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  10. Romo started off nicely as a 49er, but the longer he stayed, the more tackles he missed. His last moments as a Niner in the 1993 NFC title game involved flailing at Emmitt Smith like a baby slapping at bathwater. Once the Niners dumped him, and won the '94 title with people who could tackle, he miraculously became a 'great' player. Why couldn't you tackle Emmitt, KID?

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