ESPN has finally weighed in on the press conferences between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, and not surprisingly the network isn’t overly pleased.
The press conferences have been factories of pure electricity with both fighters trading verbal shots. It’s been awesome for sports fans everywhere to watch the two try to get as personal and aggressive as they can on stage for the audience.
Only took two press conferences for McGregor to tell Mayweather he can’t read pic.twitter.com/pTMzHlgySk
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) July 12, 2017
Conor McGregor: “I’m not racist I listen to Jay Z!”
— Hamish (@Broowster) July 14, 2017
Conor McGregor addresses accusations of racism “Don’t people know I’m half black…I’m black from the waist down” pic.twitter.com/4IpWuXApnP
— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) July 14, 2017
— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) July 14, 2017
Floyd Mayweather trolls Conor McGregor for submitting, has his DJ play a song about tapping out pic.twitter.com/iQsROU3XL6
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 14, 2017
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 15, 2017
However, in the least surprising turn of events in the history of sports, ESPN published a column over the weekend deriding McGregor and Mayweather for their behavior during the press conferences.
ESPN writer Sarah Spain critcized the actions of the two fighters and the fans enjoying it in her piece titled, “Are we going to go on validating the degenerative Mayweather-McGregor trash talk?”
She wrote in part:
Mayweather responded to McGregor’s taunts by accusing him of disrespecting black women, a very pot-calling-the-kettle-black claim considering his very public history of violence against women. And on Friday, just days after chastising McGregor for his mouth (and just a few years after his own foray into racial stereotyping), Mayweather called the Irish fighter a “ho,” a “b—-” and a “f—-t.”
While many of us watched from afar, disgusted, the fans in the arenas cheered. And I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to see such filth pass for entertainment. As a society we’ve embraced a gradual loss of civility and decency.
Hey Sarah and everybody at ESPN who is upset with these press conferences: relax a little bit and enjoy the ride.
This boxing match is going to be one of the best sporting events in the past few years, and one of the reasons for that is the fact McGregor and Mayweather have hyped it up so much. Fans can’t get enough of this action. Every time McGregor opens his mouth it’s absolutely incredible television.
Our ultra-sensitive and politically correct culture wants people to shut up and pretend everything is fine. Would this fight be interesting if the two of them got up there and just complimented each other for two hours? Hell no it wouldn’t be interesting or entertaining. I want McGregor up there running his mouth, and I want Mayweather clapping back as often and as loud as he can.
Spain also wrote:
We ignore Mayweather’s criminal past and tax-evading present because we’re enamored of his car collection and the stacks of money piled up in his Instagram posts. We eat up McGregor’s bigoted ranting and raving because he’s achieved a level of fame and wealth that most of us can only dream of.
Give me a break. No rational person with a brain is ignoring Mayweather’s violent past. In fact, I specifically said his violent past was one of the reasons we should be supporting McGregor. To pretend that people are ignoring his criminal past or just don’t care is a flat out lie. I have never met a single man who thinks beating women is acceptable or something that we can just move on from.
As for her comments about McGregor being a bigot, making a joke about being black from the waist down is hardly racist. He’s trolling the hell out of the media because he knows it’ll get coverage, and Spain and all the other people gave it to him. They’re playing checkers while McGregor is playing chess.
If you don’t like what McGregor and Mayweather are doing then turn off your TV. It’s really that simple. Nobody is forcing you to watch. As for me, on August 26 I can promise you I will be glued to my TV with everybody I know ready to watch these guys duke it out. I’ll be having plenty of ice cold drinks, and I can guarantee you I won’t spend one second thinking about whether or not it’s bad for America.