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Jalen Rose, an ESPN basketball analyst, accused the U.S. men’s national basketball team of picking a white player because of “tokenism.”
Rose, who is getting slammed on social media for the racist remarks, made the comments Thursday on his ESPN show “Jalen & Jacoby” as the U.S. team heads to Tokyo next month in pursuit of its fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
“Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism,” Rose claimed. “Don’t be scared to make an all-black team representing the United States of America. I’m disappointed by that.”
He added: “Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad. And I’m not going to take him off the squad and not put somebody else on it. I’m going to tell you whose spot that should be.
“That should be a young man that was born in the Bahamas. That is a McDonald’s All-American, playing high school and college in Phoenix, Arizona. Deandre Ayton should have Kevin Love’s spot. And I’m disappointed in Team USA for not having the courage to send an all-black team to the Olympics.”
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Rose was criticized online for his comments: