We had suspected this to be the case, but we can now confirm to you that they’ve lost it at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay Packers beat writer — and possibly the whitest man alive — Pete Dougherty penned a column about why the Packers should sign Adrian Peterson on Thursday.
I didn’t bother to read it, because no they should not. Just this morning did I learn that it contained perhaps the most offensive and ham-fisted attempt at explaining away Peterson’s abuse of his son. Here’s what Dougherty wrote.
Let’s also not forget that Peterson likely is descended from slaves who suffered savage disciplinary beatings generation after generation after generation. It excuses nothing but also can’t be ignored. This is learned behavior.
I’m just going to let that stupidity stand on its own.
Why white man Pete Dougherty thought that was okay to write is beyond me. Maybe he was drunk. Maybe he’s got a John Malkovich-like tunnel into the psyche of the African-American mind. Maybe he just read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and now considers himself an expert on the subject. I can’t say for sure…
What’s more baffling is that this made it through edit. Who’s running that operation over there?
Someone whiter and dumber than Pete Dougherty?
Ultimately, they corrected this folly as much as they could without a time machine (or editorial oversight). The offending paragraph has since been removed from the column. At the top, it now has this:
Note to readers: A paragraph in an earlier version of Pete Dougherty’s column that included a reference to Peterson’s punishment of his 4-year-old son being connected to America’s history of slavery was removed. It was poorly reasoned and insensitive. We apologize to all readers who were offended.
We really enjoy making fun of the idiots in the local media who cover the Packers, but this isn’t even funny.
It’s sad and pathetic.
I have no more words.