The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Paul Hornung's Comments Attacked With Straight Face By Affirmative Action Proponents
Originally posted 4/5/2004

Above: "The Man"
SOUTH BEND, IN - Former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packer great Paul Hornung was unironically attacked this week for comments he made to Detroit's WXYT's radio Tuesday.

Hornung was ridiculed as outrageous and racist by many open-minded columnists, radio hosts and sports broadcasters -- almost all of whom also happen to support affirmative action, which, among other things, supports lowering standards to make it easier for black people to attend school -- for his suggestion that Notre Dame ought to lower its academic standards to make it easier for black athletes to attend the school.

"You can't play a schedule like that unless you have the black athlete today," Hornung said. "You just can't do it, and it's very, very tough, still, to get into Notre Dame. They just don't understand it, yet they want to win." Hornung has long advocated that Notre Dame lower its academic admissions standards for football players in order to make the team more competitive.

"What a shame to hear something like this from someone we used to respect and admire," wrote Indianapolis Star columnist and Democrat Glenn Wein. "Never mind that while in college Hornung boycotted, and demanded an apology from, a South Bend restaurant that wouldn't serve Notre Dame basketball player Tom Hawkins, one of the school's first black athletes. Comments such as the ones Hornung made this week, suggesting that young black men can't hope to excel academically and therefore standards must be lowered to accommodate their inherent deficiencies, could only come from someone who is fundamentally convinced that blacks are simply not as smart as whites. It should be plainly obvious that anyone who thinks this way is a racist."

Notre Dame was quick to distance itself from Hornung's comments. "Though Paul Hornung is a distinguished Notre Dame alumnus," said University spokesman Matthew Storin, "we would like to make it perfectly clear that his comments in no way reflect the views of the school, its employees or its students. In fact, of the 68 scholarship players on the roster for our spring practices, 35 are African-American and only 33 are white. We regret Mr. Hornung's comments, because, as we all know, whenever a white male mentions black people, in any context, it makes him a racist."

Hornung won the 1956 Heisman Trophy for a Notre Dame team that went 2-8, making him the only Heisman winner to play for a losing team. As is consistent with Hornung's theories about race and athletics, the 1956 Fighting Irish football team was nothing but white guys.

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