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New York Mets manager Willie Randolph spent the morning doing damage control. He back-tracked from his comments that his problems should be blamed on Mets television network Sports Net New York (SNY) and racism by Mets fans.
Randolph’s story changed completely this morning blaming an under performing Mets team for his problems. He says that it’s all about wins and loses not racism now. Oh, and he’s not blaming SNY anymore either.
Randolph says that his comments about racism were made in a “tongue in cheek” manner. He says that he was speaking in generalities that racism exists in this country.
My take on this is that Randolph is being dishonest and stupid. He wouldn’t have said the things that he did if he didn’t believe them. That’s dishonest. Suddenly he became media saavy today so he’s trying to save face.
How can he say that his comments about being the victim of racism were made “tongue in cheek”? Is that a joke to him? I don’t think that he even knows what tongue in cheek means. That’s why he’s stupid. Jackie Robinson wouldn’t have made statements about being the victim of racism “tongue in cheek”. Nobody in their right mind would do that.
He spent last week recovering from Billy Wagner outing his teammates for shirking media responsibilities. Then Randolph creates his own media firestorm and completely backs off his comments to a reporter. He’s become a running joke in New York. At Randolph’s age and with his experience in baseball, he should be smarter than that.
The statements that he’s made to the media over the last two days are some of the dumbest that I’ve heard in baseball. He should be ashamed of himself. If Randolph doesn’t like SNY’s coverage of him than stand by that. There’s nothing wrong with that. If he’s the victim of racism than call out the racist(s) publicly to out the bigots.
What the heck is going on with this team? It’s really turning into a circus with Willie Randolph as the ringmaster.
Read Randolph’s full pre-game comments today at Adam Rubin’s blog at NY Daily News.