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BREAKING NEWS: WGN Airs Poor “Back that pass up” Graphic of Jimmy Butler

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 8: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Boston Celtics on November 08, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Earlier today, during its Morning News Sports Segment, WGN Chicago aired a controversial image of Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. In the video below, a screen displays an image of a figure in booty shorts that appears to be twerking and Butler’s head photoshopped onto the body. The photoshopped image reads, “Back that pass up.” Pat Tomasulo, sports anchor, reporter and comedian -according to his Twitter bio – claims that “Jimmy Butler’s getting really good at passing now,” as an instrumental version of Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” drops in the background. Tomasulo can also be seen laughing at his joke, as the image continues to be projected and the instrumental continues to play live on air.

https://youtu.be/72_iNkT8JwM

Ironically, the combination of the image, instrumental and commentary, were part of an attempt to praise Butler’s performance in last night’s game against the Boston Celtics.  Jimmy Butler contributed 19 points and 10 assists to Thursday night’s 101-92 win, which gave the Bulls their sixth straight victory and the Celtics their fourth loss in five games. With stats like that, I couldn’t think of a more tasteless, disrespectful and offensive image to emasculate one of the hardest working players in the League. WGN has got to do better, and should start by issuing an official apology to Butler, the Chicago Bulls and fans.

Written by Subria Whitaker

Subria A. Whitaker is a J.D. Candidate at The University of Chicago Law School. She received her bachelor's degree with honors and Distinction in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her master's degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University. Subria became a TrueStar in 2010, and is a graduate of Morgan Park High School.

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