The following day, on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, Michael Wilbon saw some merit in Irvin’s assessment, saying, “you don’t have to have ‘racism’ to have race involved.”
“Like Michael Irvin, I believe that there often is an awkwardness in coaches — white coaches, and sometimes black coaches — dealing with black quarterbacks,” Wilbon said. “Even though there’s less of it than ever, we’ve come closer to right dead-center than ever, but it’s not there yet.”
Co-host Tony Kornheiser argued that Griffin’s disappointing play and the possibility that Shanahan is trying to get fired seemed like more convincing reasons for the quarterback’s benching, but Wilbon countered that the perception within the black community is that race was a factor.
In this Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Redskins started back-up quarterback Kirk Cousins.