Jason Whitlock: "Focus your angst on the race pundits. They baited the Ravens into one of the biggest choke jobs we’ve ever seen in recent sports history. The NFL’s best team played with no composure and implemented a pass-heavy offensive strategy intended to crown Lamar Jackson rather than beat the Chiefs. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens fell for a race hoax. It cost them their best chance to reach the Super Bowl during Jackson’s six-year career.
Ever since Draft day 2018, Lamar Jackson has been the lead actor in the league’s ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ narrative. Black quarterbacks, the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL, are allegedly ‘victims’ of NFL-sanctioned ‘White supremacy.’ The story goes – Jackson was the last pick of the first-round six years ago because of.... You guessed it, ‘RACISM.’ It had nothing to do with his awkward throwing motion, concerns about his downfield accuracy, and ability to make plays from the pocket... Nope, ‘RACISM!’ explained why Jackson was the 32nd pick. It’s the same reason Tom Brady was the 199th player selected in 2000... Oh, wait, Brady is White... Maybe evaluating college quarterbacks is hard?
The NFL and its media surrogates were rooting hard for Lamar. The predominantly Black officiating crew might have been supporting Lamar too. The NFL has emphasized ‘racial justice’ ever since Colin Kaepernick started wearing an afro and taking a knee during the National Anthem to demonstrate his ‘Half-frican-American' roots. According to ESPN football analyst Ryan Clark, Lamar Jackson had a chance to be the first ‘authentic’ Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Ryan Clark said an ‘entire culture rests on the back of Lamar Jackson’s jersey.’ He never used the word ‘Black’ but you know it was implied. This ‘authenticity’ that Lamar Jackson represents that somehow Doug Williams, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes – they don’t qualify. They don’t ‘represent’ Blackness authentically. They don’t wear or didn’t wear cornrows, big gold chains, and talk in a dialect that represents the so-called ‘culture.’ These guys like Ryan Clark – unable to be provocative, interesting, insightful, or useful on any topic besides shouts or insinuations of ‘WHITE SUPREMACY!’ Black media elites have used Lamar and Black assistant coaches as fodder and ammunition to justify their own existence in the media. The racial victimization narrative inevitably works against the chosen symbol of it.
Why did the Baltimore Ravens wet the bed? Why did the best team in football implode with a lack of composure? Why did they come out of character and panic strategically and emotionally? Jackson and the Ravens got swept up in the false belief that Lamar Jackson winning on Sunday was some sort of giant step for mankind. They put unneeded pressure on themselves. The most physical team in football ran the ball just 16 times Sunday. Jackson threw the ball 37 times. At least half of Jackson’s eight rushing attempts were scrambles when he was attempting to throw the football. They put a burden and a weight on Lamar Jackson and this entire Baltimore Ravens organization that ended up collapsing in on these guys and burying them. Baltimore played one of the worst games I’ve ever seen a great team play. How come they abandoned their identity and didn’t run on the Chiefs?
We put this burden on Jackson and all these young people that are trying to achieve their goals and the next thing you know, they got this 500-pound weight on their back because of Stephen A., and all these other clowns -- ‘OH, YOU’RE CARRYING THE WEIGHT! BLACK COACHES ARE DEPENDENT UPON YOUR SUCCESS!’... It’s all stupid.
The Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who is White, the QB coach, Tee Martin, who is Black, the assistant QB coach Kerry Dixon, who is Black, and the backup quarterbacks, Tyler Huntley – Black, Josh Johnson – Black, ALL wanted to prove Lamar could go throw-for-throw with Patrick Mahomes. Lamar can’t do that. He’s not on Mahomes’ level as a passer. The Ravens threw away the first 30 minutes of the game trying to compete against Patrick Mahomes and trying to beat some bogus narrative placed on them by Ryan Clark, RG III, Stephen A. Smith, and a bunch of other clowns in the media.
The motivation should be to be the best version of Lamar Jackson you can be, but if the motivation is ‘OH, I WANNA PROVE THIS NARRATIVE IS WRONG ABOUT ME! I’M REPRESENTING THE CULTURE! I'M CARRYING EVERYONE ON MY BACK, AND ONCE I WIN – OH, MY GOD – FREEDOM IS JUST GOING TO RAIN DOWN ALL OVER THE NFL AND THE REST OF THE WORLD! I’M GOING TO FREE ALL THE SLAVES! I’M LAMAR JACKSON AND I REPRESENT THIS, THAT, AND ALL THESE OTHER THINGS THAT IDIOTS LIKE RYAN CLARK AND STEPHEN A. SMITH TELL ME THAT I REPRESENT!'
That entire Ravens team took the field like ‘OH, MAN, WE’RE GOING TO WIN THIS FOR LAMAR, WE’RE GOING TO WIN THIS FOR BLACK PEOPLE! WHAT WE’RE DOING IS SO IMPORTANT! OUR BLACKNESS IS SO IMPORTANT!’... It blew up in your face trying to carry that burden. A burden that your ancestors liberated you from so that you could live free, and you could achieve anything you wanted in America. You're rejecting it. It’s like ‘oh, I’m going to carry this burden, and I’m going to pretend like I’m a slave, and I’m going to pretend like I’m going through all the oppression that my ancestors did’... And it’s destroying you. It destroyed Lamar Jackson. Lamar Jackson now looks like one of the biggest frauds in the NFL. The Chiefs have got just as many Black players, I’m sure, as the Baltimore Ravens, but they’re just free to go out there and play, take on the Ravens, and be the best they can be. This is a choke job, one of the biggest ever because the Ravens fell for a race hoax.”
Watch Jason Whitlock of Blaze TV's Fearless explain why the Baltimore Ravens cost themselves a shot at the Super Bowl by falling for a ‘race hoax’, as Whitlock says Lamar Jackson and the Ravens players choked under the pressure after buying into the bogus media narrative that the AFC Championship was going to be some seminal moment in history for Black quarterbacks if the Ravens won.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock details how the Ravens coaching staff foolishly tried to have Lamar match Patrick Mahomes throw-for-throw as a pocket passer instead of letting him make plays with feet, saying race-baiting media pundits like Ryan Clark, Stephen A. Smith, and Robert Griffin III created a fictional storyline of Lamar needing to prove his critics wrong, and the Ravens players and coaching staff actually believed it.