Radio host Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo at center of latest racially charged controversy


Donald Sterling made this week terrible. Now Mad Dog sports radio is making it worse. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

UPDATE: Russo responded to the controversy below.

If you thought you’d be able to finish out the week without another racially charged sports story, think again. On the tail of the Donald Sterling controversy, Sirius XM sports radio host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, said some pretty awful-sounding things on the air about why he doesn’t have African American sports journalists as hosts on Mad Dog Radio.

Ugh.

If you can’t bear to listen, the summary is as follows: Russo said there are no black radio hosts “worthy” of doing the job. He later backtracks and said that no black radio host worthy of doing the job has applied. Needless to say, perhaps, Russo’s slight rewording did little to remedy some of his listeners and, especially, social media’s outrage.

Russo has yet to address the controversy.

After discussing the issue on his radio show today, Russo followed up with this series of tweets.

Here’s hoping to a better week next week…

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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