Wow. In his poorly named “Equal Time” column today, New York Post writer Phil Mushnick ranted that, seeing as Jay-Z is behind their move to Brooklyn, the Nets might want to change their name to the “New York N–––––s.”

Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N–––––s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B–––hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!

Mushnick’s inexplicably racist blurt is, apparently, an objection to Jay-Z’s decision that the Nets’ new colors will be black and white. But. I mean. What? I want to point out that the number of hyphens does not line up with “i-g-g-a.” Can this possibly be just an insane blunder by an old, out-of-touch white guy? Or is this another insanely offensive move by New York’s sleaziest periodical?

And, in a fit of irony, the theme of this week’s column? “Don’t rely on media to evaluate bad behavior.” Well, your bad behavior has hereby been evaluated, you jerk.

UPDATE: This afternoon, Mushnick responded to widespread criticism of his inflammatory comments.

Bob – Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—ers?”

Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.

(Same column I provide support for Amar’e Stoudemire at a time when everyone in town is ripping him to shreds. That was my LEAD, too, but what does that matter?)