JJ Redick, a former NBA player, put NBA veteran Kendrick Perkins on blast on live TV for claiming the league’s MVP voters are racist.
Last week, Perkins appeared on ESPN’s First Take with host Stephen A. Smith and asserted that NBA player Nikola Jokic is going to win the MVP for the third year in a row simply because he is a white European.
Perkins said, “When it comes down to guys winning MVP since 1990, it’s only three guys that won the MVP that wasn’t top ten in scoring.”
“Do you know who those three guys were?” he asked. “Steve Nash, Jokic, and Drik Nowitzki.”
“What do those guys have in common? I’ll let it sit there and marinate,” Perkins continued.
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Perkins, of course, was alluding to the fact that all three players are white and asserting that there is racial bias in the voting process.
Kendrick Perkins suggests that Nikola Jokic is winning the MVP this year because he is a white European.
On National Television. This talking point started two weeks ago and is gotten worse and worse ever since.pic.twitter.com/ODNZX9UtQa
— Swipa (@SwipaCam) March 1, 2023
On Tuesday, Redick appeared on First Take alongside Perkins where they both discussed Jokic’s candidacy for league MVP.
Redick directly addressed the claims Perkins made on the show a week prior, bringing up the misleading stats on MVP voting trends and pointing out Perkins’ weak argument for racism in the NBA.
While making his point, Redick was repeatedly interrupted by Perkins, who was visibly flustered by being called out.
After debunking all of Perkins’ prior claims of racism in the NBA, Redick made a final, straightforward statement that directly called Perkins out for his attempts to create lies that make it seem like NBA MVP voting is racist.
“Stephen A., I mean no offense to you. And I mean no offense to ‘First Take’ because I think this show is extremely valuable,” Redick began.”It is an honor to be on this desk every day. It really is. But what we’ve just witnessed is the problem with this show. Where we create narratives that do not exist in reality. The implication- what you are implying – that the White voters that vote on NBA (awards) are racist, that they favor White people. You just said that.”
Perkins jumped in to deny this, repeating “I did not” over and over again.
“I stated the facts!” yelled Perkins suddenly, clearly angered by Redick calling him out on his race-baiting attempts.
“Yes you did,” Redick said, remaining calm. “That is exactly what you implied Kendrick Perkins… We all know what you implied the other day. We all know what you implied just now.”
He then began yelling “It’s the facts!” repeatedly, drowning out any further argument from Redick.
JJ Redick condemns First Take and pushes back on Kendrick Perkins alleging NBA MVP voters have a racial bias against Black players: pic.twitter.com/7pOMmGW4AH
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) March 7, 2023
Watch the full clip:
Kendrick Perkins vs JJ Reddick – Full Segment regarding Jokic, stat padding, mvp voting. (Warning: video contains heavy traces of nonsense and filibustering) pic.twitter.com/ekbXATT3PY
— n i k o l a e s t h e t i c (@nikolaesthetic) March 7, 2023
After this heated discussion, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley called into Altitude Sports Radio in Denver. Barkley blasted Perkins for race-baiting and condemned him for his misleading statements.
Barkley stated that Perkins “crossed the line,” saying that his argument was “one of the stupidest things” he had ever heard. Barkley added that he could probably count on one hand the number of white players who have won the MVP award.
The NBA legend also debunked Perkins’ argument by reminding everyone that the three white players Perkins used as an example in his “racism” argument were the only three to have won since 1986.
“I always talk about ESPN disease,” Barkley said. “A lot of these guys when they get on TV, they’re like, ‘Well, I’m on ESPN, I’ve got to say something provocative… That’s the thing that bothers me.”
“Race is such a touchy subject,” Barkley continued. “We can talk about race as much as you want to, as long as you’re going to be fair and honest. But to slander [Jokic] in this situation is total B.S.”