Jul 20, 2017 @ 06:31 AM By Damandeep Kaur
The NBC sportscaster Mike Tirico is denying that he is black. In the recent NY times article he went out of the way and told the newspaper that he is Not Black. See what they have reported:
Which might prompt some audience to doubt: Who is this Mike Tirico? That’s actually a tough question to answer.
Tirico said that he is an Italian guy from Queens and raised by a single mother, Maria. He used to play Little League baseball, used to love reading and watching about sports. His interest was generated because of his grandfather who used to work at Shea Stadium.
This is the basic knowledge about him but if you would ask deeper questions about his background, he doesn’t want us to know more. It’s been long he has been dealing with questions about his race for years. Those questions are following him from 1991 in The Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y. when he was just starting his career. But, in that article, Tirico said he wasn’t sure if he was black.
It’s been 30 years he is in reporting career, and he has spent a good portion of time on ESPN then moved to NBC Sports. Why are people talking about him? Well take a look at him, he does not consider himself black! Take a look!
Tirico recently sat for an interview with the New York Times titled “Mike Tirico Would Like to Talk About Anything but Mike Tirico.” For someone who works in the public eye, this doesn’t seem unreasonable, does it? Apparently, he’s especially conversational to some people when it comes to race.
The moment you see something in the news with the word “race” anywhere in the title, your mind might leap instantly to some variation of a person under the Caucasian persuasion saying something critical about skin pigments differing from his or her own. But, this is not the case here – if anything, it’s the conflicting. Not only does Tirico not want to talk about it, he will tell you, if you be adamant, he identifies with being Italian.
He told the NY Times, “Why do I have to check any box? If we live in a world where we’re not supposed to judge, why should anyone care about identifying?” Do you think he has a point?
This conversation with the NY Times was inspired by Barstool Sports interview from 1991 – that was the first time when Tirico publicly said he was not black.
“I don’t encourage it, but by the same token I don’t back off of it. If you want to call me that, that’s fine. But, you know, in my whole family, there’s nobody I know who is black.” Are you looking him over and wondering how that works?
Tirico grew up in a middle-class Italian family and his parents split up when he was just 4 years-old. Still, he’s seen photos and he can’t find any African Americans in his family.
He told his interviewers, “The only contact I had growing up was with my mom’s side of the family. And they are all as white as the refrigerator I’m standing in front of right now.” Are you still looking at his picture and thinking, “HUH?”