The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Brookover spoke with the Eagles’ recouperating QB and neglected to mention the Madden Cover Jinx.
Donovan McNabb may be resting his body, but his reputation in this town is still taking hits, the most recent from the NAACP’s J. Whyatt Mondesire (above). In a rambling column in the Philadelphia Sun, Mondesire wrote among other things that McNabb choked in the Super Bowl and has disrespected African Americans by not running the football. The Eagles’ quarterback said Mondesire’s remarks baffled him every bit as much as Rush Limbaugh’s comments a couple of years ago.
“Especially being the same color I am,” McNabb said. “Obviously if it’s someone else who is not African American, it’s racism. But when someone of the same race talks about you because you’re selling out because you’re not running the ball, it goes back to what are we really talking about here?
“If you talk about my play, that’s one thing. When you talk about my race, now we’ve got problems. If you’re trying to make a name off my name, again, I hope your closet is clean because something is going to come out about you … I always thought the NAACP supported African Americans and didn’t talk bad about them. Now you learn a little bit more.”
McNabb noted that many of his past detractors have lost their jobs (such as Limbaugh and Owens).
“We were laughing and joking about it a couple of days ago,” McNabb said. “Everybody that seems to take a shot at me either loses their job or more things are found out about them that they don’t want people to know. I think now people are hesitant about bringing my name out their mouth. It just seems like when I’m out there playing, they’re talking about me and when I’m not out there, they’re still talking about me. It’s unfortunate, but you have to be yourself and move on.”