Andre Agassi's Halloween costume choice is stirring debate on the Internet.
A photo of Agassi dressed as Mr. T, the gold-laden star of the 1980s TV hit "The A-Team," is flying around the Internet after it popped up Tuesday on the Twitter feed of Darren Cahill, Agassi's coach.
In the photo, a mohawked Agassi is at a party, wearing blackface, gold chains and camouflage and hugging a woman.
Cahill tweeted: "Another fun Halloween night for the kids ... err, actually the grown-ups. My wife (Victoria) with Mr T."
A follow-up tweet added: "And yes ... Mr T would be Andre Agassi."
Several sports websites ran the photo and included it in the debate that started when Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres dressed as rap mogul Jay-Z and wore dark makeup.
"To the surprise of absolutely no one in 2011, Torres was immediately criticized and demonized for using 'blackface' for comedic effect," wrote Greg Wyshynski, who writes the Puck Daddy column at YahooSports.com.
That Torres is the NHL's first player of Mexican and Peruvian descent doesn't matter, wrote Thomas Drance of CanucksArmy.com.
"Seriously people, don't do it, don't wear blackface on Halloween, or ever. It's stupid, it's ignorant, and it just doesn't fly."
Jason Brough, who writes NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk column, said Agassi, who has raised more than $116 million for his college prep academy through his benefit concerts, "doesn't get a free pass just because he helps black kids get an education. If you think what Torres did was wrong, what Agassi did has to be wrong as well.
"But it sure makes it hard to call Agassi insensitive to blacks," Brough added.
Agassi couldn't be reached for comment by deadline.
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