New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has had one hell of a year. Ever since winning the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, it seems as though Plax can do nothing right. When he’s not ticking off his coach and getting suspended by his own team for two games, he’s, well actually he’s always making Tom Coughlin mad. When he wakes up in the morning and uses the bathroom Coughlin calls to yell at him for leaving the seat up. “It’s just not considerate,” he screams into the phone.
So it wasn’t exactly a surprise that Coughlin suspended Plaxico for the first quarter of the Giants game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday after he missed a few practices and skipped getting treatment on his injured neck. It was a move a lot of Giants fans support, and a lot of folks in the local media supported it as well. Of course, if you ask Al Sharpton — and really, why wouldn’t you ask him — the NEW YORK POST went over the line.
From the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:
An outraged Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for the New York Post to take immediate action to address a column in Monday’s editions that he called “blatant racism” and a “media lynching.”
Post columnist Steve Serby began his column in Monday’s editions with “Good for Tom Coughlin. Good for Coughlin for tightening the noose around Plaxico Burress.”
In criticizing Burress, Serby used a racially loaded and offensive term, Sharpton told the Daily News. “To make such a blatant racist statement about an African-American football player with a neck injury is completely unacceptable,” Sharpton said. “Clearly, the racial connotation is very disturbing. … This is the verbal reflection of a hanging noose.”
Sharpton said that if the Post did not acknowledge that the column was offensive, he would further highlight the issue but he did not specify what steps he would take. “They have to act swiftly,” Sharpton said. “If we don’t see action, I will lay out exactly what that is … we would like to talk to someone there about whether it was the writer or editor who let this in.”
Seriously, Al? Do you really have nothing better to do right now?
I can understand that Serby probably could have chosen a better way to describe Coughlin’s treatment of Plaxico, but seriously, writing “tightening the noose” makes somebody racist now? Has a white guy never hung from a noose before?