Hall of Famer and former running back Earl Campbell suggested Tuesday that the Texas Longhorns, his alma mater, would rise to national prominence if they replace their current quarterback with a black one.
Campbell made the remarks in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, He noted that he doesn’t mean to offend the current Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who is white, and went on to imply that teams with black quarterback are predominantly successful.
“Until the University of Texas realizes you have to have a black quarterback, and nothing against Ehlinger, you got to have a talented, black quarterback. All these schools that are winning, even in the pros, have black quarterbacks. When guys are not open, something can still happen,” Campbel said. To back up his claim, he pointed to Oklahoma Sooners’ Jalen Hurts, and Alabama Crimson Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa, who is Samoan-American, former Texas quarterback Vince Young and former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Comments: On Twitter, users criticized Campbel’s comments as “racist.”
Nothing is more racist than stating one race is better than another at anything. Play the best QB regardless of what they look like or what their race, ethnicity, or any other identifiers are……. Pull your head out of your ass Earl. We are all human.. https://t.co/COYua8WmBV
— George Ragsdale (@georgeragsdale) November 1, 2019
Why is Tua on this list? Is Tom Brady secretly black? If Earl Campbell was white and he said, “Texas can’t win with a black quarterback” would he be condemned as racist and be slaughtered by the media? https://t.co/ORpXn0DoeQ
— Jonathan Uptain (@UptainJohn) October 30, 2019
Remember that last year a random guy on Facebook’s opinion that Deshaun Watson was a bad quarterback because he was black was the number one story in sports. Yet a Heisman trophy winner says Texas can’t win with a white quarterback and most in media won’t talk about it. https://t.co/7VR3k1OTAe
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 31, 2019
Worth noting: National news outlets, except for Fox News, still haven’t reported on this story.