ESPN Televises Slave Auction for NFL Players and Wait, Are We Sure the Confederates Actually Lost?

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After watching a clip of an ESPN fantasy football bit where a group of white men “buy” black players from an (also white) auctioneer, I couldn’t help but ask: If this was the idea that received the go-ahead to produce, what the fuck else was on that producers’ meeting whiteboard?


A tongue-in-cheek skit where Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown juke and jive and shake away from cops trying to tackle them? An ironic sketch where Von Miller and Aaron Donald dive on and pick up fumbles, but the footballs are actually a naked Allison Williams and a syrup-dipped Tomi Lahren? A really clever segment where Cam Newton is in the huddle with his team, but instead of calling out plays, he’s teaching his lineman how to hambone? A pithy “man-on-the-street” short where random fans are asked what “YAC” and “BBC” mean?

As Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman opined earlier this week, I wonder how America would look today if the Union actually won the war. Who knows? Maybe a network might produce a show about that one day.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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This is why I always chuckle when a player says something foolish, like racism doesn’t affect me or something along those lines.