ESPN Host Claims U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Picked White Player As A “Token”

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NBA veteran Jalen Rose criticized Team USA’s selection of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love for the roster, claiming the move was made so an all-black team wouldn’t be representing the country at the Olympics. 

“Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism,” Rose said. “Don’t be scared to make an all-black team representing the United States of America. I’m disappointed by that.”

On his ESPN show “Jalen and Jacoby,” he noted that “Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team, and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad.”

Love only played 25 games in the 2020-21 season, and had the lowest average points per game since his rookie season 13 years ago.  However, the men’s Olympic team has had a difficult time recruiting NBA all-stars to participate in the Games.  

League superstars James Harden and Anthony Davis are out after a season that was unusually plagued with injuries, and famous faces Steph Curry and LeBron James both opted out. Love’s selection seems to be less about white “tokenism,” and more likely due to his stellar record as an NBA champion and five-time All-Star.  

Rose’s criticism of Love caused critical backlash on Twitter. “If a white pundit called a black athlete a token, he’d be fired and ESPN would go on a MASSIVE apology tour,” one user tweeted. “This is insanity.” 

“I like Jalen,” said podcast host Jason Whitlock. “But, yeah, he ain’t really worried about all-black teams. Wish these guys would shut up or keep it 100.”

“ESPN should be ashamed. Everything there is about race. Topics, promotions, demotions, and rules,” a commenter said about the network.  He also pointed out that the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team was all-black in 2016.


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Cathy L King
Cathy L King
1 year ago

I think the NBA needs to have more diversity the only sport that is not they are all racist needs to change

Timothy Colbath
Timothy Colbath
1 year ago
Reply to  Cathy L King

Instead you prefer 2nd ranked players because of what color skin they have? What happened to “the best and the brightest” being the goal for ALL Americans – regardless of skin color?

TruSkeptik
TruSkeptik
1 year ago

Interesting idea, but that was never “reality”. Frankly, the sooner we disabuse ourselves of such childish idealism, the better off we will be.

speedle
speedle
1 year ago

It went down the toilet with affirmative action. Any other questions?

james bolton
james bolton
1 year ago

You have to admit those 1st ranked players need to train to be fast to outrun the police trying to arrest them for their crimes, they can slow down now since demonrat police don’t arrest libby snow flake sheep for committing crime .

Anti communism
Anti communism
1 year ago

They did not complain when everybody was forced to hire blacks even if the were not qualified for the position or made special dispensations for them to enter colleges when they did not have the grades to qualify.

Last edited 1 year ago by Anti communism
TruSkeptik
TruSkeptik
1 year ago
Reply to  Anti communism

Sure they did. When they realized they actually had to show up for work or classes.

Leftiesare hypocrites
Leftiesare hypocrites
1 year ago

Oh but “reverse racism” is a verboten term by the Left. Such hypocrites these people are!

Frey
Frey
1 year ago

I don’t feel the USA should go we have a lot of people who don’t represent our country or our flag. The bullshit needs to stop

USA
USA
1 year ago

Basketball is a ni666er game……. so yes.

Richard K Wheeler
Richard K Wheeler
1 year ago
Reply to  USA

Do us all a favor and change your moniker. We do not tolerate the vitriol coming out of your mouth in this country.

james bolton
james bolton
1 year ago
Reply to  USA

Stop being a globalist puppet, libby snow flake sheep racist .

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
1 year ago

So, is it also “tokenism” when blacks are chosen to be on Olympic swimming teams, Ski teams, Bobsled teams or ice-skating teams ???

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Murphy

Is it “Tokenism”, when for decades elite universities have been accepting black students who do not have the academic grades of white students who were passed over for admission to make room for black students with lower grades and lower test scores???

ranman
ranman
1 year ago

WHO CARES!!!
The NBA, Olympic BBall, is a total waste of time!!!!!!

james bolton
james bolton
1 year ago
Reply to  ranman

All globalist entertainment is a total waste of time; nba, nfl, mlb, soccer, hollyweird etc .

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james bolton
james bolton
1 year ago

globalists own all forms of entertainment and so all globalists forms of entertainment preach globalist agendas, nothing to see here, move along .

Ernst
Ernst
1 year ago

Jalen Rose is and has been a racist rat. ESPN is supporting racism in America by employing this disgusting racist. Read his book! He even admits he is racist!