Say it ain’t so Jackie Mac. Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is on a leave of absence from his team. Still no one outside of the team knows exactly what’s going on with him. The media is having a field day with Kyrie, and some are genuinely upset. ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan has her thoughts on Kyrie’s situation, and according to her, he’s a piece of property.
MacMullen joined the Ryen Russillo’s podcast to talk about Kyrie’s absence, and she told a story about the time she once got into an argument with Kyrie over how the NBA draft worked.
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On the Russillo pod, Jackie MacMullan recalls a conversation with Kyrie Irving where he stated that there should be no NBA draft because players aren't property, and MacMullan replies 'yeah you are dude, that's the way it works. that's why you get paid all these millions.' 🙅🏻♂️🙅🏻♂️🙅🏻♂️
— Bmore Train Guy (@FreeMassTransit) January 14, 2021
ESPN's Jackie MacMullan story about telling Kyrie that he's an NBA owner's property pic.twitter.com/boRkvcxld5
— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) January 14, 2021
i love jackie mac but oh boy did she put her foot in it here. i think that this is probably more than anything a reflection of her age and the way athletes were viewed when she was coming up. but its a perfect example of passive/cultural racism. https://t.co/suvXnPsNml
— Schfifty Five Hockey Men (@TheHockeyBoomer) January 14, 2021
Not only does this look/sound terrible on Jackie's part, but the answer is just wrong lol. The draft is about competitive balance. Such a simple way to address that point from Kyrie, and she chooses…this https://t.co/5ErONtMNJX
— Kyle 🏀 (@_kyleLong) January 14, 2021
I love the game of basketball and especially the NBA, but I hate everything about the way it's covered and who primarily covers it and stuff like this is one reason why: https://t.co/E8cE5bpPBO
— KAMIL azhar 🐢 (@_kosmonaut) January 14, 2021
hold on…. WHAT???? No wonder Kyrie hates the media pic.twitter.com/V82i1hzno5
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) January 14, 2021
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didn't think we'd need to have the "people aren't property" conversation again, but uhhh, they're not (for those of you who are still unsure) https://t.co/ZxR4bDXCeV
— evan (@epursley) January 14, 2021
Has the stampede of sportswriters defending her for this started yet? This is indefensible and patently racist. Black people aren't property to be bartered and sold at whim. https://t.co/GW50L8xTzY
— Paul Dawkins (@Paul__Dawkins) January 14, 2021
I’ve long respected Jackie MacMullan as a reporter but, phew boy, this is an incredibly problematic take and a bad look. Really, really hope she apologizes and clarifies her point. https://t.co/hNHX2Cmyv0
— Timothy Rapp's Fan Page (@TRappaRT) January 14, 2021
Sometimes it’s okay to think something, but when you say it aloud, it comes off very wrong. Clearly NBA players are employees of their team, not property. Jackie should know how that comes across.
Not a good look Jackie Mac.