Shannon Sharpe has proven himself to be a pretty woke individual, regularly discussing race and social injustice as they relate to mainstream sports on Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed. He’s been a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick and several other players using their position for the greater good, but one follower just can’t accept Sharpe’s pro-Black stance while dating non-Black women.
Twitter user Cynthia G called out Sharpe and LaVar Ball for dating and marrying White women while still receiving praise from the Black community, suggesting that Black women who date outside of their race, such as Serena Williams and Halle Berry, are shamed for doing so.
Black Men accept LaVar Ball & Shannon Sharpe (who never dated black wmn) having white spouses & consider them pro black because, they spend part of their time talking about racism & part time sleeping with white women but, Halle Berry & Serena Williams are Sellouts & Bed Wenches. pic.twitter.com/ZfkICHAXqp
— Cynthia G (@Cynthia_G1984) November 23, 2017
While LaVar Ball may just have more important things to worry about right now, Sharpe took the time to respond to the tweet, letting the follower know that he isn’t seeking approval from anyone and will date whom he chooses.
Not that it’s yours or anyone else’s DAMN business who I date. I don’t date for approval and don’t need you or others to confirm who or what I am. Enjoy your day. https://t.co/3r4BIPBx3C
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) November 24, 2017
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.