Racist Much, CNBC?

Ken AshfordRace, Red Sox & Other Sports1 Comment

Hard to believe they allowed this to be published:

Marathon's Headline Win Is Empty

By: Darren Rovell
CNBC Sports Business Reporter

It's a stunning headline: American Wins Men's NYC Marathon For First Time Since '82.

Unfortunately, it's not as good as it sounds.

Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he's not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.

Nationality in running counts. It's why many identify Kenya as the land of the long distance champions.

As for the United States? Not so much.

It has been well-documented that since the mid-80's, Americans haven't had much success in the marathon. Many cite lack of motivation as the root of our troubles, as in our best athletes devote their lives to sports where they can make big money instead of collecting the relatively small paychecks that professional running offers. That, of course, is not the case with African runners, who see in the same winner's check a lifetime full of riches.

Given our disappointing results, embracing Keflezighi is understandable. But Keflezighi's country of origin is Eritrea, a small country in Africa. He is an American citizen thanks to taking a test and living in our country.

Nothing against Keflezighi, but he's like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.

The positive sign was that some American-born runners did extremely well in yesterday's men's race.

If any of them stand on the top step of the podium in Central Park one day, that's when I'll break out my red, white and blue.

Got that?  Keflezighi is "technically American", but he's not a real American because he wasn't born here, according to this bozo.  Never mind the fact that he's been living in America since he was 12, after fleeing as a refugee from Eritea.  Went to American high schools, and finally became a U.S. citizen — he's not a real American.

Fortunately, the commentors over at CNBC are lambasting this guy.

UPDATE:  A weak apology, but an apology nonetheless.