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Jimmy The Greek Says Black People are Better Athletes Thanks to Slavery

Date: 1/16/1988
Quote
: "The black is a better athlete to begin with because he's been bred to be that way, because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs and he's bred to be the better athlete because this goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trade...the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid."
Who said it: Jimmy the Greek

A regular face for years on CBS' NFL pregame show, Jimmy The Greek was a rough-around-the-edges type who had the street smarts to make viewers feel like they had the inside scoop on gambling every Sunday. However, after 12 years with the network, Jimmy's stint came to a crashing halt after his racist comments about the advantages of black athletes drew some negative publicity his way. Though he would later express regrets for his statement, CBS had no choice but to fire Jimmy for his comments. Can you really blame them?

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