Over the last decade, Donovan McNabb has been one of the most highly criticized athletes in the country, which is amazing to me because the quarterback has never run into legal trouble and has never been seen as a bad person.

Where are the priorities of those who have harshly judged McNabb? By all indications, he’s uniquely loyal, he’s hard working and he’s disciplined.

He’s also a very good quarterback — one who brought his team to four straight NFC championship games and a Super Bowl.

But because he’s not a loudmouthed tool, some of McNabb’s peers consider him to be soft. Apparently, he doesn’t rise to the occasion. Apparently, he’s the sole reason the Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX. Apparently, these downfalls don’t make him black enough.

That according to dumbass boxer Bernard Hopkins — a Philadelphia native who has ripped McNabb in the past and is at it again.

According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens.

“Forget this,” Hopkins said, pointing to his own dark skin. “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”

Hopkins also implied that, while Vick and Owens remained true to their roots, McNabb did not, and that McNabb was rudely awakened when the Eagles traded him to the Redskins last year.

“Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He’s the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. ‘You’re our boy,’ ” Hopkins said, patting a reporter on the back in illustration. “He thought he was one of them.”

Does Hopkins think that he’s somehow improving things for black people by going off on yet another Uncle Tom rant? How is it that a guy who simply goes about his business and doesn’t act foolishly is somehow less black in the eyes of a guy like Hopkins?

If Hopkins wants to dive into race and sports, he should be pointing fingers at the black athletes who continue to bolster an existing stereotype by finding trouble on and off the field.

Clearly, the guy isn’t smart enough to see that he’s doing significantly more harm than good, and that’s why I considered completely ignoring this story. Why give this clown a chance to hype his fight by using the race card inappropriately?

Lesson learned. From now on, I’m going to ignore this fool, regardless of what he has to say about McNabb or anybody else in the world of football.

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