A longtime sportswriter might want to rethink his online commentary.
After the New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter stood up to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James while coming to the defense of a teammate (earning them both technical fouls in Monday night’s game), former New York Post columnist and NBC basketball analyst Peter Vecsey applauded Kanter’s toughness by tweaking a lyric from the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.
Like Kanter is gonna 2B intimidated by LeBron, guy who stood up 2 Tayyip Erdogan. Imagine him being scared of a n*****who breathes the same air as him— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) November 14, 2017
“Imagine him being scared of a n***** who breathes the same air as him,” wrote Vecsey, who is white.
When one of many Twitter users confronted Vecsey on his racially charged tweet, the basketball analyst didn’t back down.
Never thought I would cringe at someone quoting B.I.G.....Word up, Pete— The_6_DOC (@sunnyd22dc) November 14, 2017
Your problem, not mine— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) November 14, 2017
And again, a Twitter user objected in a civil manner. And again, Vecsey seemed to take offense.
This is trash talk gone wrong— Joel (@swishforever9) November 14, 2017
says u— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) November 14, 2017
That prompted another to chime in.
Says pretty much everybody.— ed munson (@edwardrmunson) November 14, 2017
“So white people can’t quote rap lyrics?!?!” Vecsey wrote at one point.
So white people cant quote rap lyrics?!?! Cant sing them?!?! Bull shit!!— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) November 14, 2017
Um, no, we wouldn’t recommend it in this instance, even with the asterisks.
“For white people, I think the experience of being a hip-hop fan and not being able to use the word ‘nigga’ will be very insightful,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of We Were Eight Years In Power, said recently. “This will give you just a little peek into the world of what it means to be black. Because to be black is to walk through the world and watch people doing things that you cannot do.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.