It’s happened again. Bernard Hopkins is using Donovan McNabb as a punching bag.
Hopkins questioned McNabb’s toughness Tuesday in racially-tinged comments preceding his May 21 title fight . “Forget this,” Hopkins said (via philly.com), pointing to his own skin. “He's got a suntan. That's all.”
That’s why, according to Hopkins, McNabb felt betrayed when he was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Washington Redskins on Easter 2010.
“Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He's the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. ‘You're our boy,’ ” Hopkins said. “He thought he was one of them.”
McNabb's publicist, Rich Burg, said McNabb would have no comment.
McNabb grew up in suburban Chicago and, according to Hopkins, isn’t as tough as guys like Michael Vick and Terrell Owens. And Hopkins, who has ripped McNabb before, admits he felt he was snubbed by McNabb on a visit to the Eagles’ practice facility.
“McNabb? Great. Skills? Throw the ball? Great. But there was something missing,” Hopkins said, 10 days ahead of his WBC light heavyweight title fight against Jean Pascal. “Vick? He understands. And T.O. — same cloth.”
He wasn’t completely negative, though. “Nice guy. I'd trust him around my kids,” Hopkins said.