Josh Innes is a god on Philly radio right now, so it’ll be very interesting to see if the wannabe shock jock survives or even gets in trouble for this.
Trying to generalize Eagles center Jason Kelce as a brown-noser or guy who does whatever needs to be to stay on a roster, Innes step overboard when he referred to the offensive lineman as a “house Negro” while talking to former Eagles lineman Hollis Thomas.
“Jason Kelce’s already there, huh? That’s … uh … I’ll give Jason Kelce this, he’s always in character. He never breaks character. His character is: lapdog for whoever the hell the coach is. And he is always … He’s at the press conference, huh? Good for him, bless his heart.”
Thomas: “Actually I don’t really blame him because he’s a guy who wants a job.”
Innes: “Here’s the thing though, right, it’s like this. Let me find a good comparison here. I was watching Malcolm X yesterday, I was in the airport in Memphis watching Malcolm X, and there was a scene where Denzel’s doing the whole thing about the slave and the house negro? Right? And like, the house negro is the guy who’s gonna tell you like, oh he gets to live in the big house with the boss and every time he refers to something that happens in the house it’s ‘our house’ and ‘we’ and everything like that. And then there’s the actual slave that isn’t the house negro that’s just trying to run away. Essentially what you’re getting here is Jason Kelce is the house negro is what I’m trying to convey to you.”
Innes: “That’s essentially Jason Kelce’s job: ‘Yessir. Yes boss. Absolutely boss. Yes, sir boss.’ That is Jason Kelce, he is, whoever the head coach is gonna be, he’s gonna be all over that head coach. There’s no arguing, there’s no fussing, there’s no fighting, he’s in with that guy.”
Innes, who could have just called Kelce an “ass-kisser” to get his point across, is beyond foul for the comment and Hollis Thomas looks worse for allowing him to slide with the remarks.
Comparing Kelce, who signed a six-year, $37.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles including a $6 million signing bonus and $13 guaranteed two years ago, to a black person who worked in the house of his slave master, is appalling and disrespectful.