Randolph backs off racial comments, criticism of cable network

Updated: May 22, 2008, 1:36 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The New York Mets, having recently worked their way out of one self-created distraction, now have another.

Manager Willie Randolph on Tuesday backed away from comments he made in a Monday column in The Bergen (N.J.) Record in which he questioned whether race has played a role in media coverage of him. He also, in the column, was critical of the way he has been portrayed during broadcasts on the Mets' cable television network.

The Mets, who came into the season ...

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