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Andre Agassi went dressed up as Mr. T

Nov 1, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

Andre Agassi

Tennis great Andre Agassi dressed up as Mr. T for Halloween…and he didn’t skimp on the skin color.

Australian tennis coach Darren Cahill posted the picture of Agassi and Cahill’s wife (dressed up as a white woman) on Twitter earlier today. The picture quickly ended up on Deadspin, which made the obvious connection to Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torris, who you’ll recall sported a similar look a couple of days ago.

Anyway, I did a Google search to see what the internet was saying about the picture, but all I could find was this story about Agassi’s foundation raising $26.1 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a school that “works to provide underserved children in Las Vegas with a first-class K-12 education to prepare them for excellence in college and beyond.”

Here’s a picture of Agassi with one of the school’s graduates:

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Here are some other students:

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This appears to be a teacher:

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Of course, Agassi doesn’t get a free pass just because he helps black kids get an education. If you think what Torres did was wrong, what Agassi did has to be wrong as well. But it sure makes it hard to call Agassi insensitive to blacks.

Sometimes I wish every issue was black and white. (That wasn’t racist, was it?)

  1. arsement - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Well played, Jason, and some good investigative work.

    This whole situation is ridiculous. People need to find something better to do.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Someone really needs to help me figure out what is wrong with any of this. Just because a white man dresses up as a black man, this can be looked at as an act of racism. It’s the last thing that anyone should think. If I was a racist, I highly doubt I would dress as something / someone I hate. People need to get a grip on reality and worry about themselves and not others for a change.

    • selldannysell - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      GB, it goes back to whites dressing up in blackface to make fun of the African American race. Even if the intent wasn’t racist, it’s insensitive because of the history of it all. Google “minstrel shows” and “blackface” for your answer.

  3. balewsquare - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    I actually didn’t see the Torres story for whatever reason. When I saw this story, I thought Andre’s costume was awesome! Then I looked up Torres’…D Wade can be white but Torres can’t be black? I don’t even like Torres, but I’m fine with what he and Andre did. Show up as a white Mr. T, and Andre looks pretty ridiculous…

  4. merchaholic - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Of course they only blow the one story out of proportion.

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