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Hold Up, NBC Sportscaster Mike Tirico Says He’s Not Black: “I’m Not Black, I’m An Italian-American From Queens!”

Apparently, Tirico grew up as an only child in a middle-class Italian family in Queens, NY near Shea Stadium. His parents split up when he was four and his father’s side of the family drifted out of his life.

Still, he’s seen photos and he can’t find any African Americans in his family.

He told his interviewers, “The only contact I had growing up was with my mom’s side of the family.

And they are all as white as the refrigerator I’m standing in front of right now.”

Are you still looking at his picture and thinking, “HUH?”

Tirico has admitted to a casual interest in researching his family history to see if there is a black ancestor in there somewhere.

Do you think he’s covering up some race shame?

Or, is this a heck of a leap in ancestral genealogy?

So, how does Tirico’s opinions strike you? Do you think it’s none of our business anyway?

Or, do you think he’s in denial?

 

Michael Todd “Mike” Tirico (/tᵻˈriːkoʊ/; born December 13, 1966) is an American sportscaster. He is perhaps best known for his ten-year run as an NFL play-by-play announcer on ESPN‘s Monday Night Football from 2006 to 2015.  Tirico called a multitude of programming for ESPN/ABC, including NBA basketball, golf, and tennis. He was also one of the anchors of ESPN’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup, along with Bob Ley.

Tirico left ESPN when his contract expired in the summer of 2016, and was subsequently hired by NBC Sports. Tirico’s first on-air appearance on an NBC property came during the 2016 Open Championship on Golf Channel, serving as a studio host.  Although it was reported that NBC had intended Tirico to serve as the lead play-by-play for newly acquired portion of theThursday Night Football package, contractual obligations required the positions to be filled by NBC’s existing Sunday Night Football broadcast team. However, Tirico would call a limited schedule of games from both packages in the 2016 season, primarily as a substitute for lead commentator Al Michaels, along with several Notre Dame college football games to fill in forDan Hicks.

On February 9, 2017, it was announced that Tirico would become primetime host of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, beginning at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and as the main studio host for NBC’s coverage of the NFL beginning in the 2017 season, both replacing veteran sportscaster, Bob Costas.