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Booger McFarland doubles down on controversial Dwayne Haskins comments

Booger McFarland isn’t backing down.

After catching heat for his rant on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” about the Dwayne Haskins situation and how it related to young African-American players in the NFL, the former player and current ESPN analyst didn’t take a step back.

“My message was to all players which I said but specifically to the part of the NFL that’s makes up almost 70% the AA players,” he tweeted, accompanied by the video of his take. “And of course I’m not speaking to ALL but in my 20+ years around the NFL I’ve seen to many cases. I stand by what I said whether u agree or disagree.”

In a roundtable discussion, McFarland said Haskins’ issues — the former first-round draft pick was cut on Monday by the Washington Football Team due to poor performance and violating COVID-19 protocol with a maskless stripper party — are symbolic of other young black players in the league who focus more on growing their brand and image then being a better player and helping their team.

“Often times young players, especially — I’m gonna go ahead — especially young African-American players, because they make up 70 percent of this league — they come into this league and ask themselves the wrong thing,” McFarland said. “They come into the league saying not ‘how can I be a better player?’ They don’t say ‘how can I be a better teammate?’ They don’t say ‘how can I be a better person; how can get my organization over the hump?’

“Here’s what they come in saying. They come in saying ‘how can I build my brand better? How can I build my social media following better? How can I work out on Instagram and show everybody that I’m ready to go, but when I get to the game, I don’t perform?”

His take, generalizing one player into a large group, was harshly criticized. But the next day instead of walking back his comments, McFarland decided to double down. 


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