It was announced Wednesday that Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor would be benched in favor of backup rookie QB Nathan Peterman for the team’s upcoming game against the Chargers next Sunday.
Taylor threw for a mere 56 yards along with an interception in a loss against the Saints in Week 10.
In an interview with The Buffalo News last month, Taylor noted that he believe his skin color ‘plays a factor in how he is perceived and compared to other quarterbacks’, making him ‘held to a higher standard’ because he’s African-American.
“It’s always going to be twice as bad just because of who I am – an African-American quarterback,” Taylor said.
It was mentioned on ESPN Radio’s The Dan LeBatard Show that Taylor believes the motive extends to his benching.
Outspoken black activist writer Shaun King voiced a similar opinion, stating that the Taylor was benched was because he was black.
Again, NFL teams continue to mistreat Black quarterbacks.
Benching Tyrod Taylor is absolutely outrageous. https://t.co/JJyjRItJhu
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 15, 2017
That theory can be quickly debunked.
List of black quarterbacks who weren’t benched:
List of black quarterbacks who have been benched in a game they weren’t playing well:
Tyrod Taylor is a fucking clown… now he’s saying he got benched because he’s a black qb and is held to a different standard … you had 50 yards passing last game JACKASS
— Tip (@Easy_to_Hate) November 16, 2017
Two of these are not like the others…stop reaching man https://t.co/J66hbXmLne
— Steven Harwood (@steveysteve15) November 16, 2017
Fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions as well.
Tyrod Taylor deadass said he got benched because he’s black? 😭 He is so stupid. How you gonna play the race card when the numbers show how garbage of a QB you are? Can’t even audible or read defense properly. 🚮 bumass
— Saint Laurent Ash (@Lil_Eazy_Ash) November 16, 2017
I understand the world is pretty racist but Tyrod Taylor didn’t get benched just because he was black lmao
— not Brian Hunt (@Bipolar_B) November 16, 2017
Tyrod Taylor you stupid fuck. You didn’t get benched because your black you got benched because you’ve been playing like shit!!!!
— Bills Mafia (5-4) (@BufSportFan15) November 16, 2017