Those people should be apologizing to Materazzi, the people who blackened his name by throwing out baseless accusations, the people who -- in their frenzy to figuratively burn someone at the stake -- accused an innocent man without a shred of credible evidence (and no, those lip-readers' fantasies do not constitute credible evidence), the people who ignored Zidane's teammate and possibly the French team's most intelligent and sensitive player, Lilian Thuram (a guy who knows a thing or two about racism), when he categorically said there "was no racial slur."
I hope Materazzi sues their behinds off and donates the proceeds to organizations that are serious about fighting racism in all walks of life.
The instant rush to condemn Materazzi on the basis of no evidence whatsoever was despicable. Thankfully not everyone blamed the Italian for getting attacked, the Los Angeles Times's Patt Morrison put the blame where it belonged, on George Bush:
Zinedine Zidane, who is of French and Algerian ancestry, head-butted an Italian player who insulted him. Although Zidane in an interview Wednesday would not say what words provoked him, a lip reader hired by the Times of London claims Marco Materazzi called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore.''Are there no limits to the Chimpenfuhrers wickedness?
That's pure trickle-down politics. From the White House to the soccer pitch, "terrorist" has "cooties" and "your mother wears combat boots" flat beat as the top playground potty-mouth slur for the 21st century.