ESPN Radio Host Paul Finebaum Says Black People Aren't Oppressed

He later apologized.

ESPN Radio host Paul Finebaum didn’t just stick his foot in his mouth. A football would be more like it.

In a “Paul Finebaum Show” segment this week about Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem to protest social injustice, Finebaum said, “This country is not oppressing black people.”

(Listen above.)

But that wasn’t the end of it. On Tuesday, he double-downed on his comment on “College Football Live.” In a spirited debate with college football analyst Joey Galloway, who is black, Finebaum said:

“Usually people protest when they’ve been oppressed, when they have a legitimate stake in the action. I don’t know where Colin is coming from. What’s his beef with society, other than he’s upset about the way people, in his mind, are being oppressed in this country?”

“What do you mean, what else?” Galloway said. “As if that’s nothing.”

In another iffy pronouncement, Finebaum said he had never had to resort to such a protest.

Galloway responded, “Someone of your color doesn’t have to do that kind of thing.”

Here’s that clip:

While acknowledging the damage was done, Finebaum later apologized, saying, “I could spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it. But I can’t. I blew it.”

And here’s that: