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ESPN Deletes Skip Bayless’ “I Would Skip Drafting White Players” Tweet

June 30th, 2012 | by Diamond Joe
ESPN Deletes Skip Bayless’ “I Would Skip Drafting White Players” Tweet
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A supposedly un-American tweet attributed to Skip Bayless posted on the Twitter account of the ESPN2 program "First Take" was deleted. It read, "I'm totally against taking American-born white players in the first round of the draft."

On Friday afternoon, a tweet on the ESPN First Take Twitter account attributed to the show’s master debater, Skip Bayless, read this: “I’m totally against taking American-born white players in the first round of the draft.” It was supposedly posted at around 3 PM ET.

As of this morning, the tweet has mysteriously disappeared. Hmmm.

Skip had also been making similar viewpoints on his personal Twitter account, i.e. “American white players overrated in draft since Larry Bird…” Not as salacious as being “totally against… American-born white players” in the NBA.

Maybe the Worldwide Leader realized what major holiday is coming up and decided they would save face by yanking the anti-American tweet? That’s the best explanation I can come up with for the tweet being deleted. Granted, it’s no “chink in the armor” at the height of “Linsanity,” but that very well could have been bad timing on Bayless’ part – and the person operating the “First Take” Twitter account.

By the way, as Bob’s Blitz points out, you can still view the content of the deleted tweet on the “First Take” homepage on ESPN’s website. For now, anyway. Ouch.

I suppose if this faux pas was made over at Fox, they would never live it down.

Happy Independence Day!