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Kerry Wood: black Cubs players got racist hate mail

Oct 27, 2009, 10:29 AM EDT

There was a lot of scoffing at Milton Bradley when he and his family suggested that his difficulties in Chicago this season were due in part to racist fans and preschools and what have you. But while it may still be legitimate to scoff at the degree to which Bradley blames such nonsense for his performance on the field, it does not appear to be legitimate to scoff at the fact of it occurring:

Cleveland Indians closer and ex-Cubs ace Kerry Wood didn’t dismiss the notion that Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley and other African-American players may have experienced racial insensitivity during their time in Chicago.

“I know just from the experience of playing with those guys, and I’ve seen some of the mail that they get, obviously not a lot of us get that kind of mail,” Wood said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I didn’t, but there are people out there that got their beliefs.”

Wood said he saw some of the mail that was sent to former teammates LaTroy Hawkins, Jacque Jones and former manager Dusty Baker.

“It’s tough to sit there and read that,” Wood said, “and it’s tough to even understand what those players go through.”

I think it’s pretty clear by now that Milton Bradley is an emotional and often immature guy who doesn’t deal well with criticism.  And to be sure, you’ve never heard LaTroy Hawkins, Jacque Jones or Dusty Baker cite that kind of garbage as the reason for any of their professional shortcomings while with the Cubs.

But let’s make sure when we pile on Milton Bradley that we’re piling on the way in which he deals with adversity as opposed to pretending that such adversity doesn’t exist. Because based on what Kerry Wood is saying, it certainly does exist, even in this day and age.

(link via BTF)

  1. FredB - Oct 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    I think for a Cub of Kerry Woods stature to admit that this type of non-sense exist is a compliment to realizing the realities of living and working in largely a White controlled industry. I think if more prominent whites came out and spoke out against this type of hate and insensitive behavior we might start dealing with this entrench American problem more honestly.

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    I think if more prominent whites came out and spoke out against this type of hate and insensitive behavior we might start dealing with this entrench American problem more honestly.

    This isn’t an american problem, but a global one. Don’t let anyone tell you that people in Europe are far more civilized when it comes to this stuff. For example, here’s a story on US soccer defender Oguchi Onyewu receiving racial slurs while playing in Belgium.
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=652062&cc=5901
    In fact, do a google search on European soccer racism and I’m sure you’ll find dozens if not hundreds of these stories. Players being called monkeys, throwing bananas at them, etc.

  3. Skiddy - Oct 27, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    I’m shocked, I didn’t think people in the North acted like this, I thought it was all Southern rednecks who did stuff like that.

  4. Paul H. - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Skiddy – don’t immediately put it on people in the NORTH. Ignorant slobs like that happen to be everywhere. What I don’t understand, for any baseball fan, is what does color have to do with sports? I thought Baker couldn’t manage a laundramat – but that is strickly baseball and nothing to do with his race. Hawkins? Bradley? Send them a letter telling them you think they stink – as baseball players. Anything alse is just plain stupid, wrong, and embarrassing to ALL baseball fans. And Skiddy – that HATE crap didn’t have to originate from Cub fans – we DO have morons on the other side of town that just love to screw with the Cubs. Whoever does things like this is NOT a MAN, but a pathetic coward. Thank You.

  5. Jerad D. - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Why does everyone have to wait until a white player says that racism does exist to believe it is really happening? That is racism in it’s self. It will never end and people of color will one day hate all white people. Then who will shoulder the blame?

  6. Paul H. - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Jerad, just how naive are you? In the words of the cokehead Rodney King; can’t we all just get along? If you don’t think that racism exists on both sides of the coin, then I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Take a walk – if you’re white – into any high crime BLACK neighborhood, but leave me in your will first. Racism is a terrible reality. Sorry, but I knew about it long before Wood spoke about it. I’ve also been called a honky, peckerwood, white MFer one hell of alot more times than I’ve ever dreamed of using the N word. So, Jerad, lighten up, and while you’re at it, wise up.

  7. JBerardi - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    “Why does everyone have to wait until a white player says that racism does exist to believe it is really happening?”
    Nailed it.
    Oh yeah, and Paul H… you’re a total honky.

  8. BigB - Oct 27, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    So instead of speaking about the racist hate mail that some of black Cubs player received you want to tell us about the plight of the white man ?!?
    it must be hard to be white in this country, i didnt know.

  9. Joey B - Oct 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    “So instead of speaking about the racist hate mail that some of black Cubs player received you want to tell us about the plight of the white man ?!?
    it must be hard to be white in this country, i didnt know.”
    Relax dude, he’s just saying it cuts both ways. Unless you’re implying that a given set of behaviors affects one race more than another. Is that what you’re saying?
    Can’t we just live in a world where we can admit that idiots come in any form of color, gender, political affiliation, economic strata, or religion?

  10. Jim - Oct 27, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Black or white it doesn’t matter Milton Bradley is still a bum

  11. Kev - Oct 27, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    What the hell does that CRACKA Kerry Woods have to say any how? He spends more time on stage playing with Eddie and PJ than he has appearences in MLB.

  12. Jaime - Oct 27, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    It wasn’t just Bradley saying this stuff – I definitely remember Jacques Jones talking about racist taunting from the bleachers.

  13. online stock trading - Feb 16, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    There is obviously a lot to learn. There are some good points here.

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