In essence, Mayweather boxed his style he shucked and jived and danced and threw counterpunches with aplomb.
The phrase "shucked and jived," which originally referred to the way African-Americans could use false sincerity to deflect racism, drew angry responses from readers, such as this one:
"This is offensive to blacks, and I'm personally offended," said Edward Jefferson, a 58-year-old black man and Sacramento resident who is a performing and visual artist as well as a political activist.Now Gutierrez is apologizing.
"It's the equivalent," Jefferson said, "of saying (the N-word)."
"Honestly, if there was one thing I could change, it would be that term. I wasn't aware of the origins of it," Gutierrez said.
"I do understand how it can be misconstrued and offend people, and I apologize for that."
To me, this is the test for whether Gutierrez was wrong to write what he wrote about Mayweather: Would he have used the words "shucked and jived" to describe a white boxer who fought the same way Mayweather did? I seriously doubt it, and for that reason, Gutierrez was wrong to use that phrase and right to apologize.