Jason Whitlock says Canadian players “don’t want it as much” as other players

Olbermann and Whitlock

Olbermann and Whitlock

Last night on Keith Olbermann’s show, Jason Whitlock was discussing his recent podcast with LeBron James’ partner Maverick Carter. He and Olbermann got to talking about – what else – Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Love. That’s when Jason Whitlock made some pretty wide sweeping generalizations while vaguely applying it to “smart basketball people,” while also specifically not attaching it to “LeBron’s people.”

“Andrew Wiggins is from Canada. And Canadian athletes among NBA players and NBA people perhaps don’t want it as much as even some of the Europeans and certainly the American players. I think they’re going all out for Kevin Love. I think that’s what LeBron James wants. I think that’s what they believe in. I think they will move Andrew Wiggins at all costs.”

Now, I’m not offended per se because I find the statement to be pretty ludicrous. A wide-sweeping generalization that the characteristic that defines Andrew Wiggins is his nationality and that that subsequently defines his fire and competitiveness is ridiculous. Jason Whitlock should know better and while Keith Olbermann challenged him and made a joke about Whitlock’s generalization, I’m a bit surprised he didn’t challenge him even more. I’m sure Olbermann was taken a bit by surprise though.

See the clip below.

Whitlock also follows it up with some talk about Maverick Carter’s client Johnny Manziel. Keith Olbermann circles back on the Canadian thing kind of mocking Whitlock and giving him a chance to get out of it. Of course Whitlock says he hopes he doesn’t get in trouble and then doubles down on the Canadian generalization.

  • dimoko

    So racism is cool now?

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    Hey, Canadians don’t want it as much as even some of the Europeans and definitely not as much as the Americans.

    I suppose the South Americans didn’t even merit a note.

    I mean just ask the San Antonio Spurs:

    Duncan – Virgin Islands
    Parker – France
    Ginobli – Argentina
    Diaw – France
    Mills – Australia
    Splitter – Brazil
    Belinelli – Italy
    C.Joseph – Canada (*gasp*)
    De Colo – France
    Baynes – New Zealand

    Green, Bonner, Ayres, – USA! USA!

    But, Kawhi Leonard is a Californian and was NBA Finals MVP, so obviously that trumps that list.

  • RGB

    Take off, you hoser.

  • mgbode
  • mgbode
  • Hopwin

    Canadian is a race now?

  • maxfnmloans

    such a shame that was his last movie

  • maxfnmloans

    lets see how many stereotypes we can fit in at once


  • Garry_Owen

    No. No it isn’t. Not at all. Nope.

  • mgbode

    see! Canadians cannot even win a race, how can they win a basketball game!

  • Garry_Owen

    Right. I mean, black bears can’t use chopsticks? When will we ever be free of this nonsense?!

  • saggy

    Steve Nash, he of the 2-time MVP Nashes, would disagree.

    (of course Nash was born in Africa, making him a true African-(North)American)

  • Garry_Owen
  • mgbode

    Not only that, but that is an American Black Bear that those Canadians are trying to use to sell their beer. The horror.


  • mgbode

    You have to remember that anyone who voted for Steve Nash was a racist:


  • saggy

    can’t stand that guy. but wouldn’t it have been funny if Whitlock used the term “african-american” in that column? He’s no dummy, and I’m sure Nash being born in Africa had everything to do with it.

  • humboldt
  • Harv 21

    I get it, Jason, not like these other haters. Every time I come back from there I’m all like friendly, in a way that’s good for stranger chat but not conducive to court smack. We all know these things get in you, but you’re the one willing to discuss it. Kobe growing up in Italy and sexual assault charges – coincidink? Mechanically perfect and repeatable jumpshots from wholesome Aryans Detlef Schrempf and Dirk Nowitzki. All the Sudanese can do is reject, never create. Man, wish I was you, wish I had a skin color that would let me speak truf to Olbermann.

  • Kildawg

    Whitlock? People still (try) to take this hack serious? More like Whitless if you ask me.

  • nj0

    Seriously. Why do people give this professional troll any attention?

  • J

    Bonner is Canadian now. He played in Toronto, loved it soo much he became a citizen! Soo silly of this guy to say we don’t want it as much. If anything anyone outside of the USA has to want it more, just because of all the extra barriers that USA players don’t have. Sure this is a generalization but it I think mine is better! LOL

  • simond
  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I’ve looked for this t-shirt to no avail….