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Mushnick Column Called Racist

Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets

At his best, Phil Mushnick, who writes on the media for the Post, is cranky, a curmudgeon. At his worst, we have his column Friday.

Mushnick, who has long criticized Jay-Z's street language and lyrics, writes about the Nets new black-and-white colors with a vehemence not matched recently in the mainstream media, and certainly not in New York. Here's a sampling...

As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new "urban" home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!

Immediately, criticism started pouring in over the 'Net, with New York Magazine calling it a "horribly racist assessment" and SportsGrid noting, "Things are about to get very, very uncomfortable for ol’ Phil in the coming days."

Mushnick later told website Bob's Blitz, "Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don't call black men the N-word; I don't regard young women as bitches and whores; I don't glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand.....Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N--ers?"