“Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s?” Mushnick wrote in his Friday’s column entitled, Nets on Jay-Z track. “The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
Earlier this week, Mushnik stood by the controversial statement, as he sent the following to the Village Voice:
“I’m never comfortable using that word [ni----r]. That’s the way I was raised. Shame on my parents,” Mushnick wrote. “The ONE time I spelled it out—for accuracy—I was widely condemned as a racist. So either way, I’m a bigot.
“I know what’s in my heart and my head, the way I was raised, and the way I raised my kids,” he added. “But you’ve painted me a racist. Good work, James. And good work, if you can get it.”
With James, he’s referring to The Voice writer James King.
To the Post’s Bob Blitz, Mushnik added: “Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—–s?”
Mushnik, a longtime fixture at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, previously sent a statement, defending his comments to XXLMag.com as well:
“A good portion of my columns, the last 30 years, has been devoted to the identification and condemnation of increased incivility and social desensitization as marketing strategy within sports and all forms of entertainment,” Mushnik wrote in the statement. ”I see this as no different and I plan to continue to argue against the negative racial and ethnic stereotyping and the promotion of mindless violence, especially to the young and most vulnerable.”
Calls to Roc Nation, seeking a comment from Jay-Z haven’t immediately been returned.—Mark Lelinwalla