SHANNON SHARPE: Because you buy a ticket it doesn't mean you get an opportunity to cross that line and say whatever you think, whatever comes to your mind. I'm human. And I don't care how much money you make. I don't care who you are. Every person alive has a breaking point. They have a point that if you get them there, they will say or do something in response to what you've said or done to them. That's just the way it works.
But people now feel that because I've paid between $50 and $100 or $500 for a ticket I can say whatever I want. People, and stop telling me, because I'm an athlete, surely, you make me millions, you should be able to take it. No! They say things to this person when he's in pads or he's in gym shoes on the court, they would never say to that person to their face.
They would never walk down the street and see a person of color and say that to their face. But because I'm in uniform, you think that it should be beneath me to flip you off or curse you or want to do harm to you. Why? Why would you go to them a game-- and maybe some people go to the game with the sole purpose of trying to do that, trying to get up under the person's this person's skin. But why?
Maybe you've had too much to drink. Still, why would you go to the game and say that to a person? Maybe the kneeling or the anthem has ratcheted up this racism. Maybe now, because certain people in elected office and people feel emboldened that they can say whatever they want to say Skip. But this is unacceptable.
I don't care if I make $1 billion a game, it's going to be hard for me to bite my tongue, Skip if you call me that. And I see you call me that and I'm close enough to you, I'm going to want to do something to you. And it's going to take-- I'm going to do everything I possibly can to restrain myself.
But there will come a point that there's a line that you shouldn't cross. And calling someone that is the line that you should never cross. I don't care if they rap about it. I don't care if they make t-shirts about it. That would be an acceptable for a person of the opposite race to call me that. And I'm going to act accordingly. So don't be don't, oh, I can't believe Shannon Sharpe said this. I can't believe. Believe it.
Don't go to game with this BS, thinking you can call someone out of their name and it's going to be OK. Is not OK, people. I don't care. I don't care if he dropped five touchdowns. I don't care if he threw for 400 yards on you and you get upset. Calling someone the N word is unacceptable. I don't care nothing about, oh, it's free speech. No. Your free speech ends where my rights begin.
So if you cross that line, you're infringing on my rights. So please stop this foolishness. This is unacceptable, Skip. And I don't blame, and I normally go out of my way to say, you know, you've got to show restraint. But at some point in time, if you keep getting stepped on, people feel they can step on you. And not only will they step on you, they'll start walking on you. I'm a firm believer in this, Skip. You ain't got to respect me, but I'll be damned if I let you disrespect me.