During a segment on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown, ESPN analyst and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young compared President Obama to a dictator while discussing Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. As the crew discussed keys to the upcoming Monday Night Football game between the Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals, Young made a ham-fisted attempt to liken Manning to the President of the United States making the State of the Union address. While doing so, he said Manning needs to tell everyone on the field that “I am the dictator!”
Below is video of the segment:
In all likelihood, Young was just trying to make some kind of football to real-life comparison, and it came off awkwardly awful. He probably wrote down some notes about Manning before the segment and knew he wanted to suggest that Manning is THE MAN for Denver, if not the NFL. Therefore, why not use the highest office in the land for his analogy?
However, by him tossing out ‘dictator’ while discussing the presidency, it probably reveals a little bit about Young and his politics. Ask any red-blooded Republican what they think of President Obama, and the word dictator will be within the first five words you hear. While Young has generally stayed out of the fray politically, he is a devout Mormon and did speak at the Republican National Convention in 2000.
Immediately after he made the statement, some rather astute viewers made their way to Twitter to discuss.
I am pretty sure Steve Young just said the President would call a TV conference to declare himself Dictator of the US. What the hell?
— Brian Whalley (@bwhalley) December 23, 2014
Steve Young: “Watch for Peyton to speak to the nation tonight, like the president of the United States would and say, ‘I am the dictator.'” — Mike Tunison (@xmasape) December 23, 2014
ESPNs Steve Young needs a civics lesson: “Peyton [will] speak to the nation tonight, like the president…’I am the dictator, I am the king.'”
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) December 23, 2014
I am pretty sure we’ll get some kind of clarification from ESPN or Steve Young in the near future where they’ll say it was not his intent to call Obama a dictator. Until then, have a good laugh (or cry) at Young’s expense.