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For the third time this season BC Lions defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell has been called on to apologize for his actions. And for the third time he has shown little remorse for his actions, pleading ignorance rather than empathy.
His latest venture into American politics, via twitter, landed the gregarious lineman in some hot water after using a racial slur in one of his latest tweets.
Mitchell used the term “chink” in commenting on Tuesday night’s U.S. presidential debate, in reference to the nationality where he believes some of the American finances are being reserved.
In a later post, he claims he never meant any ill will by using the slur, furthermore Mitchell insists that he didn’t know the term had any racial significance.
To that point, I must call him out.
In an age of quick information and rampant bullying, all derogatory remarks are known and shunned. Especially by anyone as politically savvy as the 27 year old Mitchell.
Especially by anyone who calls Vancouver home, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
The CFL has stepped in and suspended Khalif for one game fined him an undisclosed amount for his message that was in contradiction to the league’s official social media policy.
Having missed the past two games due to injury it’s unsure if the BC Lions GM Wally Buono will dole out any additional punishment.
Most of the time his actions draw praise or laughter, whether he punishes an opposing offence or soccer-style dribbles a football to the sidelines. His interviews are often eloquent, candid and cliché free.
He is a rare find indeed, but are we growing tired of his actions or is he simply expounding his virtues because we have showed him too much praise?
To go along with this latest outburst this year, Mitchell has been suspended by the league for two games for hyper-extending Edmonton Eskimo’s lineman Simeon Rottier as well as fined by CFL commissioner Mark Cohon for a throat slashing gesture.
The suspension has been the longest ever administrated by Cohon.
Much like the racial comment, Mitchell’s first response to his actions was that of indifference. He has never apologized to Rottier and claims the throat slash was a defensive signal to his fellow linemen.
Being unsympathetic will only draw the ire of local fans who will only be so glad to show Mitchell the door.
Kahlif has to start to realize that the CFL is an intimate league where fans can feel a personal connection with the members of each club.
Hopefully his informal press conference at the Lions training facility in Surrey on Wednesday, where he publicly apologized for his digital statement, is a step in the right direction.
It’s time Mitchell learns to spell “I’m Sorry” in 140 characters.
Cheers, The Bartender