ESPN’s “The Undefeated” is once again pushing the race card.
In a piece titled, “Justin Fields And The Double Standard Of Black Quarterback Prospects,” Martenzie Johnson claims one key reason the stock of projected first round draft pick Justin Fields is falling… is his skin color.
According to Johnson, Fields’ plummet down the projected draft boards is an example of the uphill battle black quarterbacks still face when compared to their white counterparts.
“When it comes to black quarterbacks in particular,” Johnson writes, “the NFL has long gone out of its way to keep the position as white as the painted yard lines on the field.”
Let’s take a step back. It’s important to acknowledge that, in the NFL’s past, black players certainly faced discrimination. African-Americans were rarely chosen to play in the quarterback position, largely due to the overtly racist notion that black athletes didn’t have the mental ability to handle all that the position entails. Thankfully, trailblazers like Marlin Briscoe,