In a long and storied baseball career with the New York Yankees, former shortstop Derek Jeter never had much to say about anything. As soon as he retired five years ago, he founded a blog, The Players Tribune, that speaks volumes about social justice, among other topics. He's scoring an error on that strategy, though, because his site is struggling to generate revenue and just took on a new partner to stop the hemorrhaging. In typical Jeter fashion, he glosses over The Players Tribune’s woes while highlighting social justice warriors in Thursday's five-year anniversary post, “The Next Five.”
Last Thursday's NFL melee between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns ended in one ugly, violent brawl. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off the head of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit him over the head with it. The league suspended Garrett indefinitely. Believe it or not, USA Today is comparing President Donald Trump's Tweet against a House impeachment witness to Garrett's despicable thuggery.
Prior to Saturday's unprecedented, privileged NFL workout for Colin Kaepernick, sports media made their "final arguments" to the court of public opinion. Max Kellerman of the ESPN First Take program and Jarrett Bell of USA Today shilled for the return of the man who's been in exile and who's broken no rules or laws. First Take's Stephen A. Smith said the NFL doesn't owe Kaepernick anything, but asserted racism was involved in teams' decisions not to employ the former San Francisco quarterback..
On Thursday, Day 3 of the Kaepernick-gets-a-tryout news cycle, the groupthink media parrots had their talking points down pat: the NFL's Saturday workout and interview with the famous anthem foe is a sham and a PR stunt. This point was made loud and clear Wednesday by several Kaepernick apologists on ESPN and again Thursday in the Detroit Free Press where Shawn Windsor echoed talking heads and writers who are putting the NFL on trial for granting Kaepernick an unprecedented opportunity.
ESPN has always been friendly turf for Colin Kaepernick and that was especially true on Wednesday, the day after news came out about the radical former pro quarterback/anthem kneeler getting an NFL tryout this Saturday. The First Take and Around The Horn programs passed around plenty of Kaepernick Kool-Aid.
There's been a major thaw in the cold war between the NFL and former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The league has arranged a private workout and interview for the cop-hating NFL cast-off this Saturday, and all 32 teams are invited to attend.
Hockey legend Don Cherry just went into the penalty box for life. You might say he was whistled for "slashing" political correctness. The seventh-greatest Canadian who ever lived will never grace television airwaves in his homeland again, all because he urged immigrants to support Remembrance Day (Canada's version of Veterans Day) by purchasing poppies. The former hockey player and NHL coach was fired Monday from his role as a commentator for Sportsnet's Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.
A former U.S. Navy officer writing a Veterans Day special for the Salt Lake Tribune says Colin Kaepernick's 2016 anthem protests advanced free speech, America's core value. What offends David Burns is Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump, whom he accuses of defiling the flag and disrespecting the U.S. military.
There's no LGBT wing in Baseball's Hall of Fame. Not yet, but don't hold your breath! An LGBT advocate is targeting yet another cultural institution to infiltrate: baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Nobody's claiming Ted Williams and Yogi Berra were flaming (not yet), but SB Nation Outsports writer Ken Schultz is saying is the Hall of Fame should add an exhibit to spotlight LGBTQ figures of baseball's past and present.
Trump Derangement Syndrome and college football collided head-on in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this weekend over the president's attendance at the LSU-Alabama game. University of Alabama students claimed the "racist" president's visit put the student body at risk, while Newsweek compared Trump with Richard Nixon as presidents facing impeachment who both attended high-profile college football games.
When the media won't stick to sports, it doesn't necessarily mean they're focusing on politics and social justice. Sometimes they find all three too boring to bother with, and that's when you get Thursday night's disgusting, juvenile Inside the NBA on TNT. And Sports Illustrated's pathetic admiration for that cultural rot on Friday.
President Donald Trump's recent surge in sports attendance is hardly a coincidence, writes one of his biggest sports media detractors. He recently attended a World Series game and a UFC event, hosted the baseball champion Washington Nationals at the White House and this Saturday he'll be in attendance at the LSU-Alabama football game.