Golden Tate learned a valuable lesson yesterday. In today's society it's easy to offend people even if you're speaking the truth. Golden Tate was raked over the coals for remarks he made about the athleticism of NASCAR drivers and specifically Jimmie Johnson. Here are the tweets that got him into trouble:
Jimmie Johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo.. Driving a car does not show athleticism. Who looks like a better athlete? Lebron making a sick play or Jimmie Johnson riding in circles. I'm not saying NASCAR isn't hard, I'm just saying you don't have to be athletic to do that.
From my perspective Golden Tate didn't say a single thing that wasn't true yet the backlash was enormous. The average sports fan can name 43 sports off the top of their head where it takes more athleticism than driving a car. If Jimmie Johnson came up to you in a dark alley demanding your wallet you'd kick his ass. He strikes no fear and you wouldn't think he was capable of overpowering you in any way. If you made a list of the 14,000 best athletes in America a race car driver is not making the cut. A NASCAR driver might have a tough time making your company's softball team.
In defense of Golden Tate I bet he thought his comments were so blatantly obvious they couldn't possibly be considered controversial. To his credit he did the politically correct thing and made some bullsh*t apology to appease the fans of NASCAR nation. Judging by their reaction you'd swear he called NASCAR drivers a bunch of girlie men. Golden Tate if you're reading remember this, just because something is the truth doesn't mean you have to say it out loud.