When Capital University junior wide receiver Wyatt Pertuset hauled in a touchdown pass in a game played Sept. 1, the scoreboard operator added six points to his team's point total. To ESPN's Bob Ley, this "blessing" from God could just as well have been 50 points. Pertuset had become the first openly gay college football player to score a touchdown. SBNation's Outsports blog might have scored it even higher.
The president and CEO of the NAACP says the NFL's protesting players are taking a knee out of "reverence of the flag," and President Donald Trump is criticizing protesters in an attempt to deflect attention away from Robert Mueller's investigation. Derrick Johnson made his remarks in an interview with Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith that was reported on by Yahoo's Michael Kelley and Katie Krzaczek.
The area extending out for several miles around Soldier Field, the home turf of the Chicago Bears, is a "death zone" where 408 people (mostly black and Hispanic) have been killed since January 1. Despite the violence, the Bears' organization and media are crowing about the team spending $500,000 on social justice issues that apparently won't address this 800-pound Bear in the living room. Neither the Bears or the many media reporting on their social justice spending are mentioning the ever-mounting death toll.
It's a social justice sinergy made in Heaven: "Mr. Hollywood" LeBron James and ex-ESPN broadcaster/writer Jemele Hill. The two Trump-hating millionaires are joining forces to produce the basketball documentary Shut Up and Dribble, a three-part Showtime series in November that she'll narrate.
NFL Hall of Famers are trying to score big off the field. They've written a letter demanding a king’s ransom in benefits from the league, including lifelong paychecks and health insurance. In a letter sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league CEO and director of the players' union, they threatened to boycott the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony if the NFL doesn't roll over and empty Brinks truckloads of cash to their already bulging bank accounts. To adoring media libs, these wealthy ex-jocks are "America's Entitlement Team."
Stephen A. Smith, the well-known ESPN talk show veteran said Monday on his radio show that his listeners and his producers were lucky that he wasn't going political because ESPN is not a political network. Then he stealthily approached the subject of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh being accused of sexual harassment. It appears that Smith (see file photo) is seriously questioning the Supreme Court nominee's accuser, but Awful Announcing writer Phillip Bupp assumes Smith is speaking against Kavanaugh and this story demands Smith not stick to sports.
Lefty groupthink can prove harmful to your credibility. That's what happened to CBS and other lemmings who took up tennis star Serena Williams' cause of "sexism" in tennis after her loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan in the Sept. 8th championship match of the U.S. Open women's tennis tournament. The New York Times has since reported that men are punished (see photo of unnamed male tennis pro abusing umpire) by tennis officials three times as often as women, deflating charges of sexism by Williams and her compliant media.
Mark Knight is a veteran cartoonist for the Melbourne, Australia Herald Sun who's made a career of portraying his subjects in caricature. That's how he portrayed tennis star Serena Williams after the tennis superstar's U.S. Open outburst last week. The ever-predictable Left-stream media aggressively went for Knight's "racist" jugular. For example, a Washington Post headline declared it a racist cartoon, and Lonnae O’Neal, a senior writer at The Undefeated, and others accused Knight of portraying the African-American Williams as an enraged behemoth, Aunt Jemima, three-fifths of a human being.
Nero fiddled while Rome burned, and that didn't work out too well. The NFL's reputation is on fire and Commissioner Roger Goodell is fiddling, too. As headlines blast "The NFL is Now One of the Most Divisive Brands in the U.S.," and "NFL Sinks to Least Popular Top Professional or College Sport," the commish is engaging in social justice activism, according to Nancy Armour's USA Today report.
Whining about racism is what the New York Daily News' Carron J. Phillips does for a profession, even if he has to invent it. Today's whine is about how African-Americans Serena Williams (seen berating the umpire at the U.S. Open) and Alabama football quarterback Jalen Hurts always have to be the bigger person, no matter how pained they are by criticism, because they are black. Phillips brings in two world-class whiners and race-baiters, LeBron James and Jemele Hill, to help him make a case for racism perpetrated on black athletes.
Almost all was quiet on the NFL front in week 1 of the 2018 season. Protests were at a minimum, and that infuriates The Root's Senior Editor Stephen A. Crockett Jr. He excoriated African-American football players and fans, one group for refusing to spite the flag and the other for watching the games and in so doing, refusing to free the "slaves."
The New York Daily News joins a growing chorus of sports media raising the argument that Nike has hijacked Colin Kaepernick's social justice protest against racial inequality and police brutality. Dave Zirin, the "fire-bellowing" sports editor of The Nation, charged that Kaepernick's cause can't be "branded" by Nike. Kevin Blackistone, writing his version of that narrative for the Daily News, and a frequent panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn talk program, stunningly says Nike was never about social justice.