ESPN’s Jay Williams wants to stop using ‘Mount Rushmore’ term: ‘That’s our metric for success?’

Jay Williams, an NBA analyst for ESPN who starred for duke In college, took issue with the sports world using the term “Mount Rushmore” to describe the best of the best.

Williams Stephen A. Smith dismisses claim that if Stephen Curry beats LeBron James in their playoff series this year, Golden State Warriors The star could knock James off the NBA’s Mount Rushmore. However, he was mostly unimpressed with the Mount Rushmore rhetoric.


Jay Williams looks on during the 2020 NBA Draft at ESPN Headquarters on November 18, 2020 in Bristol, Connecticut. (Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE via Getty Images)

By way of aweful announcing, he said, “Can we stop with the Mount Rushmore talk first of all.” “He’s not even the four best presidents this country has ever had. Not everyone in this room was even able to vote. I just want to say it from the top. That’s our yardstick for success? That’s our king? “

Williams’ teammate Jalen Rose made a similar move in August.

Flashback: The term ‘Mount Rushmore’ is ‘offensive’ and should be ‘retired’, says ESPN’s Jalen Rose

Rose even said that using “Mount Rushmore” was “disrespectful”. He said he wanted to repeal the term because the monument was built “over the bodies” of Native Americans whose land had been taken from them.

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ESPN analyst Jay Williams smiles before the game between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks during Game Three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fisher Forum Center on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee. (Kenna Kreutzinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

“Can we retire using Mount Rushmore? It must be humiliating for all of us, Native American in particularIndigenous people who were the first people here before Christopher Columbus,” Rose said in a video he tweeted.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, #30, celebrates with forward Draymond Green after the Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings in Game 4 of the NBA Basketball Playoffs in the first round on Sunday, April 23, 2023, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

“And 25 years later, to add insult to injury, four US presidents have called Mount Rushmore to the top of dead bodies that are buried below. So, I call out for you and for myself — I own it.” also – let’s stop using mount rushmore words When we talk about our favorite rappers, talk about our favorite movies, talk about our favorite players.”

Fox News’ Ryan Moric contributed to this report.