Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder – CBS (1988)
Perhaps the most famous, and oft-cited example of a big name in sports media being fired for his comments is Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, a former CBS football analyst who was renowned in betting circles for his NFL picks. After 12 years with CBS, Snyder’s career came to a halt, after he made some extremely regrettable comments about black athletes to TV reporter Ed Hotaling at a Washington D.C. restaurant.
The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way, because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs and he’s bred to be the better athlete because this goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trade … the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid …
Snyder was also concerned about white people being pushed out of the coaching ranks.
Snyder passed away after suffering a heart attack eight years later. He was the subject of a 2009 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled The Legend of Jimmy The Greek, the sixth film in the acclaimed series.