Phil Mushnick upset ESPN used 'Survey Monkey' to rank “50 Greatest Black Athletes”

Phil Mushnick is upset.

So ESPN this year fired tennis commentator Doug Adler after he noted Venus Williams’ “guerilla tactics” in her Australian Open match. A Twitter-armed agitator heard “a racial slur,” as if Adler, for crying out loud, had called her a “gorilla.”

But ESPN apparently bought it. Adler quickly was removed from the telecasts then dismissed.

Last week, ESPN released partial results of a poll it took ranking the “50 Greatest Black Athletes” — as conducted by ESPN using the website “Survey Monkey.” Hmmm.

Joe Frazier was listed at No. 45, which reminds us that Muhammad Ali, for whom ESPN has named its Humanitarian Award, mocked Frazier as a “gorilla.”

Yikes! Ali was one of sports' biggest racists.

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