Some of the ways Billings says we talk around race include:
• The Wonderlic
• The “one and done” concept: The “one and done” concept refers to student-athletes who attend college for one year and then turn pro. This concept suggests that a student-athlete either is the “college type” or “not the college type.” Student-athletes who stay for four or five years are perceived as “meant for college” those who don’t are not. Billings referred to Kobe Bryant, who skipped college. “Kobe is trilingual and scored well on SATs, yet because he skipped college to go professional, it was assumed he was ‘not the college type,’ when in fact, Kobe simply had several choices and took another path."
• The “out of place” player: Narratives around this concept related to athletes who are considered “in place” or “out of place” related to positions they play. Billings used the black quarterback as an example. “Since 1970, black quarterbacks have winning percentages in the NFL that are 31% higher than white quarterbacks. Using the statistics, it would seem there would be more professional black quarterbacks on the field.” -- Kimberly McGrath