Racial profiling or unwarranted suspicion based on race can lead to the type of behavior that causes white women to clutch their purse when they're alone with a black man in an elevator or leads to instances of DWB. Whether it's unconscious or conscious, the root is based in perceptions about race.  It's unfortunate that former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis can't see the irony in his recent statements on ESPN Radio.

It's hilarious that there is a portion of pro football players who wear tight pants for work everyday, talk about how they love each to the national media on a a daily basis, break into impromptu solo dances when they feel good after a play and wear dark black makeup beneath their eyes are worried a gay man is in their locker room.

“If he pats somebody on the butt — I hope ESPN don’t get mad and never have me back — but if he pats somebody on the butt, how is that to be received? If he does that how is that to be received? If he said, ‘Come on baby’? I called guys baby all the time on the football field, but when you have taken a stand and went and go public and say that, ‘I am gay,’ how is that going to be received? I’ve seen guys, I had guys on the Dallas Cowboys football team — I won’t mention names — who did not want you to pat them on their butt. So God forbid if you pat one of those guys on the butt it’s going to be a major problem,” Ellis said, via the Dallas Morning News.

Cue the Key and Peele "Slap-Ass" sketch playing over and over in Ellis' mind. Maybe he saw the sketch and confused it with a documentary because  basically, Ellis is profiling Sam based on his sexual orientation and his perception of homosexuals, the same way 5-0 would probably react if he were driving around the wrong neighborhood at night. Honestly, who even thinks of this stuff? That's some narcisstic thinking if you're worried a gay player on your team is feeling you up after the other 100 butt slaps you've received all season. 

Let's be real though. Butt slapping in sports has occurred as long as the ball itself on the field and will continue to be used, but only in moderation. Right Ocho Cinco?

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