*Dez Bryant and Shannon Sharpe are currently embroiled in a public disagreement over race relations in America.
It all started Monday when the Dallas Cowboys receiver shared his views on the subject in a series of Instagram posts. In a nutshell, his message was that systematic racism is no longer an issue in the U.S., and that African Americans who want to succeed simply need to decide to do so.
The following day, NFL Hall of Famer Sharpe called Bryant’s perspective “shallow” during a segment on his FS1 show “Undisputed.” He urged Bryant to educate himself on the history of race relations before posting about what black folks should be doing.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) April 11, 2017
After Sharpe’s response, Dez accused the retired player of “twisting my words.”
So today (April 12), Sharpe invited Bryant on the show to to discuss the matter face to face.
“Dez, I would love for you to have the opportunity to come sit and discuss your views, and then you hear my side, and we can go from there,” Sharpe said. “But before you do, I ask that you do me this one favor. I ask that you read the DOJ report – the Department of Justice report – what they found in the police department in Ferguson, Missouri. What they found in Chicago, and what they found in Baltimore, Maryland. And then, and only then, if you think personal accountability is the way, then we can have this honest conversation.”
“Dez, let me tell you something about being black in America…Everybody knows baseball. In baseball, you get three strikes. If you strike out, when I come back up to the plate again I’m starting from scratch. …Being born black in America, I’ve already got one strike. That strike will never, ever go away. No matter how high I ascend, I still have that one strike.”
The ball is now in Dez’s court.
Read Dez’s posts that started it all below: