“I cannot respond strongly enough to how I feel about the controversy started by Jerry Mondesire’s article,” Gordon said in a statement released after a BET.com call to NAACP headquarters about the brewing controversy in the City of Brotherly Love.
J. Whyatt Mondesire, who is head of the Philadelphia branch of the NAACP, recently published an article in his The Philadelphia Sun newspaper, saying the Eagles quarterback is a “poor leader."
And he says McNabb’s claim “that everybody expects Black quarterbacks to scramble, not only amounts to a breach of faith, but also belittles the real struggles of Black athletes who’ve had to overcome real racial stereotypcasting in addition to downright segregation.”
McNabb, who will miss the rest of the season due to surgery for a hernia, fired back saying it’s one thing to talk about his playing, but he has a problem when there’s talk about his race.
“If you’re trying to make a name off my name, again, I hope your closet is clean because something is going to come out about you ... I always thought the NAACP supported African Americans and didn’t talk bad about them. Now you learn a little bit more.”
“Whatever possessed Mondesire to take such a negative position on a positive person like McNabb is beyond me,” Gordon continued. “The NAACP has many civil rights issues that require our attention. Criticising Donovan McNabb is not one of them. However, in light of Mondesire’s criticism, it has become a personal priority of mine to set the record straight. I intend to reach out to Mr. McNabb personally to offer my apology as well as my support.”
Just two years ago, Rush Limbaugh made comments about McNabb on ESPN saying McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a Black quarterback succeed. The NAACP criticized Limbaugh and called on him to quit. Limbaugh resigned from ESPN three days later.
“Obviously, if it’s someone else who is not African American, its racism,” McNabb told reporters. “But when someone of the same race talks about you because you’re selling out because you’re not running the ball, it goes back to, ’What are we really talking about here?’
Mondesire said the article was his opinion of McNabb, not the NAACP’s.