Mike Atinkson one of the longest tenured high school football referees in the state of Texas is white. And for some reason he thinks it’s alright to use the N-Word because he watches BET. Well, I guess you learn the hard way he has been suspended for the whole 2021 season. According to the Houston Chronicle:
Mike Atkinson, one of the state’s longest-tenured high school football referees, has been suspended for the 2019 season by the Texas Association of Sports Officials after making racist comments.
Atkinson, who owns Atkinson Farms in Spring and has been a high school football official for 45 years, admits to using the N-word several times in conversations, audio clips of which were provided to the Houston Chronicle by the person who made the recordings.
“I thought these were private conversations between friends,” Atkinson said. “I promise you with my life, using the N-word by me is true, but I will promise you with my life, my wife’s life, my kids’ life and everything I do, (the person who taped him) also used that word.
“We were back and forth. I understand what it sounds like, but I was baited into it.”
“I’m a jokester. I like to listen to things. I watch Black Entertainment Television all the time because I think it’s hilarious. I may have picked up something … I don’t know. I don’t know.”
WOW. Either this guy is delusional, and idiot or straight up lying. I mean saying you watch BET to justify using the N-word is absolute moronic excuse. The Houston Chronicle obtained the recording and it blatant that he uses the N-Word several times.
In the recording Atiknson said:
“I just went to the mixer the other day … a bunch of f—— n—–s wanting a free meal,” Atkinson said.
The context isn’t clear in the other clips, but they include the following statements:
“He would find a way to n—– it up.”
“There probably was some of them … (a black official) thought he had, ’cause he wanted to be the big n—–.”
Just no excuse for his blatant uses of racism. And honestly, I am surprised that he was only suspended for the season and not completely fired from his job.