The President Of A Canadian Junior Football Team Resigned After Making A Black Joke At The Expense Of P.K. Subban On Facebook
SportingNews- Todd Wilson, the president of the Winnipeg Rifles, a team that plays in the Canadian Junior Football League, has resigned following a racially insensitive post about Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban.
Wilson, who is also the deputy commissioner of the CJFL, posted a picture of a Bell MTS Place arena worker selling beer, with the caption, "Two nights ago he was in game 7. Tonight PK Suban [sic] is selling me beer."
The post, which can be seen below, has since been taken down. Wilson resigned from his position Sunday.
Welp, it's tough to disagree with the forcing of his resignation, but at least the punchline was worth it. I mean, giving up control of an amateur sports team seems like a steep cost, but it's really a bargain price for a half-dozen likes on an endlessly witty "don't they all kind of look alike?" joke. It sucks that it took even a second of attention away from hockey's biggest stage and put any sort of focus on the inherent hurdles somehow still faced by African Americans in the least diverse of the four major sports, but what was Todd Wilson supposed to do? Take into account the prominence of his role as a relatively public figure and not spread his astute observation that his beer vendor shares a similar shade of skin with a high profile member of the team that his Jets just eliminated? Come on, nobody has that type of will power when a one liner for the ages is just standing there, in the form of a minimum wage worker, waiting to be made at the expense of a recently dismissed opponent! Not when their objectively hilarious comedic stylings are just begging to be spewed throughout a social circle that's apparently not as like-minded as they once thought.
I guess I see why it was in the best interest of the CJFL to move on from its deputy commissioner since it surely rosters plenty of players that he might accidentally identify as P.K. Subban. But hey, let's look on the bright side, at least his failure to facially recognize anyone that doesn't look like him didn't directly insult Winnipeg's own dominant, darker-skinned defenseman in Dustin Byfuglien. He might have had to hand in his fan card, in the form of future tickets, out of sheer embarrassment if that were the case.