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Mike Tirico Says He’s Italian Not Black, Internet Reacts

Twitter users were generally confounded when NBC Sports announcer Mike Tirico essentially said he wasn’t black Saturday. Instead, Tirico considers himself an Italian guy who grew up in Queens, New York.

While Tirico, a former ESPN correspondent, is confused about his race because he never met his father, Twitter users were not. Users quickly began to post memes and gifs of his interview. Some pointed out they thought he was undeniably black, others said they didn’t see him as Italian — and would like to see him in Italy.

Tirico said he was raised by his white mother, Maria. “The only contact I had growing up was with my mom’s side of the family. And they are all as white as the refrigerator I’m standing in front of right now,” he explained.

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