Publish Date: 07/30/2020
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
Showtime Boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi was fired by Showtime sports for comments he made about race. What did he say that was so bad, you might ask: Well, here are his comments.
Malignaggi was responding to comments made from 135-pound titlist Devin Haney (24-0, 15 knockouts) who stated in April that he’d “never let a white boy beat me.”
“He probably wasn’t talking about (Vasiliy) Lomachenko,” Malignaggi said. “I assume he was talking about Luke Campbell, who I think (is) the more viable opponent that Haney would be fighting.”
“When you’re in your early twenties, you probably don’t express that very well. It’s not something that great to make racial (statements) in 2020, especially with so many racial tensions in the world.”
Then Malignaggi went into dominance in boxing by ethnicity and how throughout history, it has shifted via racial/ethnic lines.
“Boxing has had its course in history with certain demographics dominating more than others, right?” Malignaggi said in the video. “Maybe like 100 years ago, Irish fighters were better. And then the Jews and the Italians came in. I think the African-American fighter became most dominant in the sport in the 70s, 80s, and even 90s.”
Paulie went on to add that “it’s not great to have the race discussion because it’s going to coordinate division,” before stating “it’s no longer the time of the African American anymore in boxing.”
“It’s (the Eastern Europeans) that has become the dominant species in boxing,” Malignaggi said. “I think stating something like (Haney’s statement) could be very dangerous.” Turns out the comments are very dangerous to Paulie’s job.
Malignaggi was eliminated from Showtime’s broadcast team because he refused a request from ViacomCBS to apologize for his comments. I say it’s about time somebody refused to recant his OPINION! We live in a culture where having an opposing viewpoint on something is considered a fireable offense.
Paulie said nothing racist and maybe it was the fact that he stated that race discussions coordinate division. Whether you agree with Paulie on his opinions of race and ethnicity in Boxing or not you have to admit that the higher up’s in Government and media are promoting nothing but division and that’s probably one of the reasons Paulie no longer has a job.
Remember Devin Haney’s comments back in April? Speaking to 78SportsTV, Haney said: ”I’ll tell you this. I will never lose to a white boy in my life. I don’t care what nobody got to say.“Fight a white boy 10 times, I’m going to beat him 10 times.” Let me ask you this, are Haney’s comments not worse than Paulie’s? What was Haney’s punishment? You got it nothing! Imagine Vasyl Lomachenko saying a black boy could never beat him? You think Lomachenko would be in a little trouble then. The simple answer is yes he would as he should be if he ever said anything like that. Paulie is being screwed over by a liberal cancel-culture society and it’s a damn shame because he is a very good analyst.
In the end, I will not even address what Paulie said because it was simply his opinion and it shouldn’t matter if you agree with his opinion or not, he has a right to say it. If he made a racist comment he should have been terminated, but the simple fact is what he said was not racist.