For a few years now, social justice activism has been used to determine Sports Illustrated's "Sportsperson of the Year" award. The Golden State Warriors' entire team is this year's winner, and though they've won three NBA championships in the last four years, that simple fact didn't seem to weigh heavily into SI's decision. "Matters beyond basketball" did, according to Alaa Abdeldaiem, a breaking news writer at SI.
Oklahoma University's superstar quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, but by Sunday he was being shamed by the media for something that has absolutely nothing to do with his incredible 2018 football season. Instead, Murray became just the latest high-profile athlete to be busted by social media "cops" in the sports media exposing anyone who has written "anti-gay slurs" in their youth.
He can't save the Arizona Cardinals from a losing season, but progressive rookie quarterback Josh Rosen wants to save the world from so-called global warming. In Frank Schwab's Yahoo Sports story, Rosen is an Al Gore sound-alike who says the debate on climate change is over and the only question is if the earth will survive with humans on it. Schwab ignored Rosen's politics, but the tactless athlete has also been seen playing golf while wearing an "F Trump" hat -- at the Trump National Golf Club.
A year ago, ESPN's SportsCenter broadcasts were so far to the Left side of the political ledger that critics aptly dubbed it "Woke Center." Since then, the rebranded "SC6" and its co-hosts/social justice warriors Jemele Hill and Michael Smith have moved on, and new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro says he wants no politics on ESPN air. This was the prompt for Ben Strauss's Washington Post story, "ESPN Wants to Make 'SportsCenter' Great Again."
Healthy quarterbacks in the nation's capital are dropping like flies, and Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Monday the team actually discussed Colin Kaepernick. But after the team passed (again) on the renegade free agent and signed "Journeyman" Josh Johnson (see photo), ESPN First Take panelists discussed why the radical kneeler missed out on another potential job in the NFL. Damien Woody and Max Kellerman started off with surface-level Kaepernick blather, but Stephen A. Smith soon raised the stakes.
The issue of whether or not sports champions should visit the Trump White House flared up again Tuesday after Boston Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy announced that this year's World Series Champions are going to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
CBS Sports and USA Today Sports finally have something good to say about a Republican. Both liberally slanted media outlets wrote glowing tributes this weekend to the late President George Herbert Walker Bush, who died Friday. CBS's Mike Axisa focused on the late President Bush's special connection with baseball, and USA Today's Christine Brennan reflected on "Genuine George H.W. Bush" and golf memories.
At the close of November's observance of Native American Heritage Month, a self-appointed spokesman for Native Americans has delivered the latest attack on the Washington Redskins' nickname. Julian Brave Noisecat, who's associated with open borders advocate Jorge Ramos, writes on The Undefeated blog, "Washington's football luck won't change until the team's mascot does." His attempt to speak for all Native Americans flies in the face of a 2016 Washington Post poll that revealed 90 percent of Native Americans are "not bothered" by the NFL team's nickname.
Mid-term elections weren't the only American elections making news in November. Since Thursday, NFL fans have had the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite players to appear in the Pro Bowl game in Orlando Jan. 27, 2019. A Twitter campaign by "Resist Programming" is encouraging fans to vote -- gulp! -- for inactive free agent and social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick (center in photo, kneeling with former teammates) as an NFL all-star!
Signing linebacker Reuben Foster, released earlier this week by the San Francisco 49ers for alleged domestic violence, opened up the Washington Redskins to collateral media attacks on their team nickname. ESPN Around the Horn commentator Kevin Blackistone, USA Today For the Win writer Steven Ruiz and others couldn't resist the temptation to take swipes at the Redskins' nickname while blasting the team for signing Foster.
NBC Sports' pro football writer Mike Florio is strongly urging the NFL to admit defeat and settle out of court with the cop-hating Colin Kaepernick. His commenters overwhelmingly disagree with that suggestion, and why wouldn't they? The NFL would be paying millions of dollars to someone who, as yet, has not proven the league's owners colluded to keep him out of the league.
GQ's Jeanne Marie Laskas has declared Serena Williams ''Champion of the Year," basing the honor on a loss and an epic meltdown by Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open finals in September. In arguing that women are held to a higher standard for expressing anger, Williams' outburst is defended because she was robbed by a "stupid skinny white-boy," while Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's fiery September defense against charges of sexual misconduct is characterized as a "hissy fit."