Hit piece misidentifying NFL coach’s race leads to absurd correction about the ‘white guy’

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Yet another racially-charged hit piece from the “woke” media imploded when the liberal sports website Deadspin was forced to correct a story that misidentified an NFL assistant’s race in a rant about the league’s lack of black coaches.

With multiple head coaching vacancies yet to be filled after teams capped off disappointing seasons with the traditional annual wave of firings, writer Sean Beckwith singled out San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel in his screed that urged readers to “please stop and think before you inadvertently dub another young, white guy as the next hot NFL coaching prospect,” with the piece featuring a picture of the falsely accused assistant.

Beckwith wrote, “Be careful what you tweet for, people of the online realm. Mike McDaniel, the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator who has gone viral for his ‘adorable’ news conferences featuring references to Mike Jones and engaging answers, is ticking off all the boxes to be the next trendy, young, white guy who takes a head coaching position before one of the many deserving Black candidates.”

He added, “The current coaching trend is leaning toward ‘brilliant, young offensive minds,’ white guys like Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan, Kliff Kingsbury, Zac Taylor, Matt LaFleur, Kevin Stefanski, Matt Rhule, Brandon Staley, and Nick Sirianni. Add in that McDaniel went to Yale, and it’s blood in the water for NFL teams looking for a coach.”

However, Deadspin soon realized that it had a problem with its unfair maligning of the “trendy, young, white guy.” McDaniel happens to be biracial.

After the article was published, one Twitter user who said that she went to Yale with McDaniel pointed out that Deadspin’s piece was “factually wrong” and questioned how an entire article could be written with a “factually inaccurate premise,” including a link to an NBC Sports story from last year that was either missed or ignored by Beckwith and the outlet’s editors.

According to NBC Sports, “McDaniel said he had an epiphany at an early age when he was visiting his grandmother on his father’s side of the game. When he looked at the photos around the house, he realized he looked different than other members of his family.”

“It is surreal when I think about it, but I remember one particular day, walking around and all of a sudden noticing that, ‘Hey, I’m the only fair-skinned person in all these picture frames,’” McDaniel said. “My grandmother on my dad’s side is Black. My dad’s Black.”

Left with egg dripping from their faces, the Deadspin editors have now added the following update to the article, “Editors’ note: We learned after the publication of this article that 49ers OC Mike McDaniel, whom we describe as a “white guy,” is in fact biracial. The article’s original text remains below. We regret the error.”

As could be expected, Twitter spiked the ball after Deadspin’s admission of the sloppy blunder.

McDaniel and the 49ers have ridden back-to-back playoff upsets of the Dallas Cowboys and the top-seeded Green Bay Packers into a surprise appearance in Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the division-rival Los Angeles Rams and could be bound for the Super Bowl which will further burnish McDaniel’s coaching credentials.

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