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Leftist journalist knocks DeSantis for not praising HBCU football team with more words

‘This column is about how the powers that be in the state aren’t celebrating a historic win with the same energy that they complained about a historic snub’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should have used at least six more words to congratulate Floridia Agricultural and Mechanical University for its recent football championship, according to a Deadspin journalist who recently smeared a 9-year-old boy.

FAMU, a historically black university, recently won the 2023 Cricket Celebration Bowl. But Carron Phillips, a writer for Deadspin, said Gov. DeSantis should have said more to congratulate the team.

Phillips (pictured) is the Deadspin writer who just a few weeks ago smeared a 9-year-old boy, who is part Native American, for allegedly wearing “black face” at a Kansas City Chiefs game. The photo showed by Deadspin, prior to a defamation lawsuit threat, only showed half of his face. The boy was actually wearing red and black fan paint and the publication had to heavily edit the article.

Now DeSantis and other Republican leaders are in his sights.

“This column is about how the powers that be in the state aren’t celebrating a historic win with the same energy that they complained about a historic snub,” Phillips wrote yesterday.

State officials, including DeSantis, have pushed back against College Football Playoff officials for snubbing the undefeated Florida State University from a chance at the national championship.

DeSantis used 32 words to congratulate FAMU, but 38 to criticize FSU’s snub, a point of contention for Phillips.

“Congratulations, @FAMU_FB on making your first Celebration Bowl appearance a memorable one and coming home as the 2023 HBCU National Champions! You’ve had an outstanding season and made the state of Florida proud,” DeSantis wrote.

“The post dedicated to FAMU had six fewer words. It may be petty, but semantics and details matter,” Phillips wrote. “Besides, the governor’s praise on social media was par for the course. However, the actions of other Florida lawmakers are where the attention should be.”

He then went on to criticize Attorney General Ashley Moody for calling the playoffs decision an “injustice.”

‘Think about that for a second. One of the most powerful people in the state who allowed George Zimmerman to be a free man considers what happened to FSU an injustice.'” Phillips wrote.

He linked to a 2013 New York Times article that does not mention Moody at all. In 2013, Moody was a judge in Hillsborough County. Zimmerman’s trial was in Seminole County. The College Fix direct messaged Phillips on X Wednesday afternoon seeking clarification but has yet to receive a response.

Moody, as a judge in 2010, dismissed a “Stand Your Ground” defense used by a 69-year-old who killed a 41-year-old during an altercation.

He also criticized U.S. Senator Rick Scott for getting involved, though he agrees FSU was not treated fairly.

Phillips wrote:

FSU and the ACC lost out on millions, their anger is beyond valid and always has been. The problem is that something good happened for the state of Florida when the Black school that’s down the street from Florida State won a national title, bringing joy and excitement to a football state and the city of Tallahassee.

“Florida lawmakers need to stop being obsessed with what FSU won’t be playing for and pay more attention to what FAMU has already accomplished.”

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IMAGE: Carron Phillips/X

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.