Oday Aboushi, a rookie offensive lineman for the New York Jets, spent part of his day on Friday discussing asinine aspersions cast on him by FrontPage Magazine. An article on the website posted earlier in the week called Aboushi, a Palestinian-American, a “Muslim extremist.” The article also said that Aboushi spoke at a conference sponsored by a “blatantly anti-Semitic and terrorist” group.
Aboushi talked briefly about how hurtful the comments were:
It is upsetting to see people try and tarnish my reputation without even knowing me. But I appreciate all the support I have been getting from people of all backgrounds across the city and country.
The Anti-Defamation League also issued a statement defending Aboushi:
Absolutely nothing in the public record suggests Aboushi is anything other than a young American athlete who takes pride in his Palestinian heritage. His participation in a conference organized by the El-Bireh Society, a Palestinian community organization that was until recently defunct, should not be used to tar him as an extremist.
The fine folks at FrontPage have yet to take time off from cutting eye-holes in white sheets to comment.