This morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tom Joyner compared Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan to the character of Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, from the blockbuster film Django Unchained.
“I’m just gonna say it, I think Mike Shanahan — the coach of the Washington Redskins — could be compared to the character that DiCaprio plays in Django,” Joyner said.
In the film Django Unchained, Calvin Candie is a plantation owner who is both charming and brutal in the way he runs his plantation and treats his slaves. Candie’s plantation, Candyland, is also home to the training of his male slaves who train to be ‘mandingos,’ who fight to the death for sport.
Joyner made the comparison between Shanahan and Candie in reference to the Redskins playoff game yesterday against the Seattle Seahawks where starting quarterback Robert Griffin III was allowed to play injured.
“You’re absolutely right,” comedian J.A. Brown added. “Keep fighting, Negroes.”
“Keep fighting,” Joyner said. “Keep fighting. RGIII had no business playing.”
“At all,” Brown said.
Listeners of the morning show took to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the comparison.
Joyner went on to say that the team doctors did not clear Griffin III to play. James Andrews, the team orthopedist tells a different story, according to USA Today.
“(Griffin) didn’t even let us look at him,” Andrews said. “He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players and took off back to the field. It wasn’t our opinion. We didn’t even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the h**l out of me.”
Andrews went on to defend Coach Shanahan saying that the coach would not put Griffin III’s health at risk.
“Yeah, he wants to win,” Joyner said. “He wants the team to win at all costs. But somebody is responsible — and that should be Mike Shanahan — for saying, Okay son, I know you want to go in, the doctors say you’re not cleared.”
“That’s Mike Shanahan. He’s gonna get the boy killed. And you don’t know how bad the injury is. He’s re-injured it. Will he be able to come back like Adrian Peterson? Not likely.”
“He’s as bad as the white man in Django?” asked Brown.
“He’s as bad as the mean white man in Django,” Joyner said.
The audio from this morning is below:
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