ESPN Issues Correction After Analyst Falsely Claims NBA MVP Panel Is 80% White

An ESPN host Molly Qerim corrected Kendrick Perkins’ comment. He suggested that the panelists who voted for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award were biased against white players. However, he said that the panel was 80% black.
Perkins was interviewed by Qerim on “First Take”, and he stated that he wanted to correct an error from yesterday’s program. ”

“When Kendrick Perrykins claimed 80% of NBA MVP votes were white, the NBA announces each year the winners. It was clear after reviewing that the panel is much more diverse than Kendrick Perrykins had claimed. Today, we wanted to rectify that. ”

Perkins was a former NBA player and stated that only three people have been awarded MVP since 1990.

“Do you recall the names of these three men? Jokic and Steve Nash were joined by Dirk Nowitzki. ”

“80% of MVP voters in America are white Americans,” Perkins stated, “I know this statistic.” ”

J.J. Redick (another analyst), quickly called Perkins to verify his claim.

Redick stated that “What we’ve just witnessed is the problem with this show.” ”

“We make up stories that don’t exist in real life.” Kendrick Perkins: That’s what your implication was.

Charles Barkley, former NBA MVP, praised Redick online. He received the award in 1993.

Barkley made these comments during a telephone interview on Denver’s 92.5FM Altitude Sport Radio.

Barkley stated, “When it first came to my attention last week, it was one the most stupidest things that I’ve ever seen.” ”

Gary Sheffield Jr., who is a sports journalist, said that Kendrick Perrykins didn’t care about the appearance of the panel because he had an agenda. That agenda was to remind black people that they are always victims.

“I wonder when ESPN will stop having this type of dialogue and just talk about sports. ”

The NBA gave out 67 MVP Awards. More than 80% of the award recipients were black. This award was presented to Nikola Jokic (a Serbian player).