Sports Talk Legend Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo says ‘Blacks Can’t Cut It in Sports Radio’

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo MARK VON HOLDEN/GETTY IMAGES FOR SIRIUS XM RADIO
Chris “Mad Dog” Russo
MARK VON HOLDEN/GETTY IMAGES FOR SIRIUS XM RADIO

Just days after Donald Sterling was exposed as a racist on secretly recorded audio produced by TMZ, longtime New York talk radio legend and current Sirius XM host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo had what many are now calling his own “Donald Sterling-Al Campanis moment.”

Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis’ four decades of MLB service came to an abrupt end with a statement he made on April 6, 1987, on ABC’s Nightline. Author Roger Kahn asked why there were so few blacks running ball clubs 40 years after Jackie Robinson’s historic moment in 1947. Campanis responded with an answer that has become one of the most memorable, racially degrading, and revealing moments in sports TV history: “I truly believe that they may not have some of the necessities to be, let’s say, a field manager, or perhaps a general manager.”

When Ted Koppel gave Campanis a chance to save his ass, Campanis asked, “Why are black men or black people not good swimmers? Because they don’t have the buoyancy.”

The Dodgers, acting to dampen a swelling storm of criticism, particularly from the black community, fired Campanis two days after he made the remarks. He wasn’t the first and we knew he wouldn’t be the last.

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Source: The Root |  

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