WHY ARE EAGLES 33.9 percent WHITE?
The next time the Eagles make a roster move, keep an eye on skin-tone.
You have to wonder after reading the provocative piece by Jason Whitlock (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7343980), a seasoned pro writer I've bumped into from time to time in Kansas City.
Whitlock's point is, “African-American football players caught up in the rebellion and buffoonery of hip hop culture have given NFL owners and coaches a justifiable reason to whiten their rosters.”
Examples he cites include Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, Mike Vick and Tank Johnson, who constantly seem to be involved in off-the-field drama.
Unless the culture changes, Whitlock thinks franchises will copy the models of what he calls "two of the whitest teams" in the NFL.
In a league where roughly 70 percent of the players are African-American, Whitlock points out the Colts' 53-man opening day roster was 45.2 percent white – and 47 percent non-African-American if you throw in another player. The Patriots are 43.3 percent non-African-American according to the piece.
For a reference point, the Eagles’ roster essentially is 33.9 percent white. Including special teams, nine of their 27 starters (.333) are white.