During this year’s National Football League draft coverage, ESPN included 50 Cent as part of its broadcast. While many paid no mind to the choice, a New York Post writer, Phil Mushnick, decried the use of the “offensive rapper.”
“Last year, even more than the year before that and the year before that, college and pro football were overwhelmed with criminals and by criminality. Or, as TV folks call it, ‘distractions,'” wrote Mushnick. “Yet, the same men and women who report the arrests and the convictions while making ‘tsk, tsk, tsk’ have no better idea or instructions than to keep flooring it, sustaining the inescapable message that bad is good, but worse is even better.”
Mushnick continued, complaining about ESPN’s inclusion of 50 Cent in its draft coverage. “ESPN, now the home of double-murder investigation obstructionist Ray Lewis, opened its NFL Draft show Thursday with vulgar, gay-bashing, women-trashing, assault weapon-cherishing, N-word-spouting gangsta rapper 50 Cent making threatening noises and gestures while boasting that he is one bad mother.”
Despite Mushnick’s accusation that Fif is a homophobe, the rapper supported Frank Ocean’s apparent coming out last year.
This isn’t Mushnick’s first run-in with Hip Hop. Last year, the columnist suggested that the Brooklyn Nets should call themselves the “New York N—-s” due to Jay-Z’s then-involvement in the organization.