Bomani Jones slams Darren Rovell over Redskins ‘cancel culture’ tweet
Bomani Jones isn’t letting Darren Rovell’s latest controversial take slide.
The Action Network’s reporter is facing backlash once again for writing that unpopular NFL owner Daniel Snyder won’t be “canceled” in the wake of the Washington Post’s bombshell report on Thursday depicting a toxic culture and rampant sexual harassment against women within the Redskins organization.
“Sorry to disappoint Redskins fans. Even in the cancel culture that story, while horrific, isn’t going to take down Daniel Snyder,” Rovell wrote on Thursday evening.
Among those blasting the tweet was Jones, host of ESPN’s “High Noon” and frequent contributor to “Around The Horn.”
“if ‘cancel culture’ was real, you think we’d let you stick around?” Jones replied scathingly.
This isn’t the first time Rovell, who previously worked at ESPN, has come under fire for problematic remarks. As a reporter for CNBC in 2009, he was forced to apologize after writing that Meb Keflezighi’s victory at the New York City Marathon was, “empty,” because he was not, “American-born.”
Rovell has also been criticized for reporting unsubstantiated and false statements involving the 2011 NBA lockout in a CNBC column, and about the NFL Players Association in an ESPN “30 for 30” episode.
Jones proceeded to aptly point out that the Post’s report, in which 15 former female employees accused the organization of sexual harassment, is hardly the best example of “cancel culture,” the derogatory moniker referring to the recent takedowns of some public figures and establishments.
“Rovell gave the game away himself,” he wrote. “If a damning report of rampant sexual harassment in his organization couldn’t get Snyder fired, then what ‘cancel culture’ really exists? Hadn’t thought of it like that, had you?”
Among the accused are radio broadcaster Larry Michael, director of personnel Alex Santos, assistant director of personnel Richard Mann II, former COO Mitch Gershman and former president of business operations Dennis Greene — all of whom have either left or been fired from the franchise.
Snyder himself does not stand accused of any misconduct, but allowed such a culture to exist under his watch. He has previously drawn public ire on multiple occasions since purchasing the team in 1999, much of which in connection to his persistent refusal to change the team’s name.
Snyder finally caved on Monday in response to growing backlash as the team announced they would change their name and logo.
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