A New York Post columnist has been forced to defend himself against racial slurs he made against Jay-Z.
Phil Mushnik shocked readers when he made reference to the name change of the Brooklyn Nets, the team Jay part owns.
"Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N*****s?" Mushnik wrote in his article titled Nets on Jay-Z track.
"The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!"
Earlier this week, Mushnik sent a statement to Village Voice defending his comments, writing: "I’m never comfortable using that word [ni****r]. That’s the way I was raised. Shame on my parents," he said.
"The ONE time I spelled it out—for accuracy—I was widely condemned as a racist. So either way, I’m a bigot."
Mushnik also justified his shocking words to XXLMag, saying:
"A good portion of my columns, the last 30 years, has been devoted to the identification and condemnation of increased incivility and social desensitisation as marketing strategy within sports and all forms of entertainment."
"I see this as no different and I plan to continue to argue against the negative racial and ethnic stereotyping and the promotion of mindless violence, especially to the young and most vulnerable."
Can Mushnik redeem himself?