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Media are today tripping over each other to report on this weekend's gay wedding of a former Dallas Cowboys football player. Jeff Rohrer played for Coach Tom Landry's Cowboys in the 1980s, but now he's famous for being the first (known) man ever to play in the NFL and marry another man. The story immediately became political, and Vice President Mike Pence became the anti-hero.
A few days ago, USA Today News & Enterprise Reporter Scott Gleeson made a list of 12 athletes "who would make great politicians." The reasons given for the athletes' political qualifications are in some instances thin to say the least. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of them are progressives, headed up by the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James and including the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich and former Olympic skater Adam Rippon (see photo). Tim Tebow made the list, but as a Christian pro-lifer he's in the minority.
The man who boycotted the 1968 U.S. Olympic basketball team is now using America's virtues and the Constitution to bash Republicans over the head. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is raging at Republicans in the aftermath of the mid-term elections in a Hollywood Reporter commentary titled, "Midterm Election Lessons and How Trump Killed the Magic of the Political Movie." The Democrat suggests that politically themed movies can serve as our political compass and demonstrate the evils of Republicans.
At last a crack in what has been the media's almost universal support for Colin Kaepernick has surfaced. A new Medium blog contributor named Kitanya Harrison has until now been unwavering in her support of the social justice warrior, but she takes a sharp deviation from her past literary praise for Kaepernick to relay troubling information from a reader about the America-hating ex-quarterback. It's that he mistreated women in the past, he is propping up an abuser of women and that Kaepernick and his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, are guilty of ethical improprieties.
His man Beto lost an election Tuesday, but the volatile head coach of the San Antonio Spurs says we now have checks and balances "over government gone amuck." Gregg Popovich, who has harshly criticized President Donald Trump in the past, also calls U.S. Senator Ted Cruz "very scary."
Progressives are often quick to cry "voter suppression!" ̶ even if race-baiters like Jemele Hill have to personally manufacture such claims. Hill told the world via Twitter that she was going to vote in a state that is no longer her place of residence. When she met resistance at her old polling place in Florida, she and a poll worker claimed the "red brigade" and President Donald Trump were trying to deny her the right to cast a ballot.
Democrats just flipped 27 seats and regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but one of the surviving GOP congressmen is already facing renewed heat for a controversy that arose during his campaign. Liberally biased USA Today writer Christine Brennan says it's time to go after Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan again, though he won re-election.
A group of partisan, progressive athletes that includes current social justice warriors, kneeling NFL players, a past Olympic protester and others, has signed a last-minute get-out-the-vote letter. Known as Athletes4Impact, their stated motivation is the struggle against hate and violence. But guess who, in their view, is responsible for all the hate? President Donald J. Trump, of course.
Newsweek's Dan Cancian is outraged that Oakland Raiders' radio voice Brent Musburger "mocked" Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a recent tweet related to the controversy about whether or not she is a descendant of Native Americans. He's not alone; NFL writer Mike Freeman called it "disgusting bigotry" and Yahoo's Jason Owens labels it "ugly politics."
The firing of an African-American NFL coach who won just three of his 40 games is a huge blow to diversity despite his dismal record. This is the reasoning of Jason Reid, senior writer for the ESPN blog that never misses an opportunity to play the race card, The Undefeated.
In her review of LeBron James' Showtime docu-series Shut Up and Dribble, which debuted Saturday night, Vulture.com writer Jen Chaney called it "a big ol’ middle finger to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who uttered the words that give this mini-series its name." The program is produced by the social justice warrior James (shown wearing an "I can't breathe" shirt referencing Eric Garner who died in a 2014 altercation with Staten Island police) and Maverick Carter.
From the "if-you-won't-take-my-Colin-Kaepernick-advice-then-I'll-just-yell-a-lot-louder" files: With the NFL season at the midway mark, sports webs are staging yet another collective Colin Kaepernick rallying cry. The New York Daily News, TMZ and Deadspin are throwing hissy fits because unheralded quarterbacks are being thrust into starting roles, instead of the free agent quarterback who's passing for hundreds of yards a day without an interception in his personal training sessions.
Formerly of ESPN notoriety and as of now a writer of sports and politics at The Atlantic, Jemele Hill served up her latest race-baiting outrage Wednesday in an interview with Complex Sports Senior Editor Adam Caparell. The former co-host of ESPN Sports Center who once tweeted that President Donald Trump and his supporters are "white racists" now says that white America is disqualifying the humanity of African-American athletes.
Almost without exception when NBA luminaries get political, it's the Republicans who take the "hard foul." Los Angeles Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers says he disagrees with virtually everything President Donald Trump says, and he believes the president deserves a "technical foul" for worsening the nation's racial divide. Rivers' political remarks appeared in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso.
Much has been said in recent years (including charges of racism) about the declining number of African-Americans playing Major League Baseball (note photo of Yankees' CC Sabathia, right, and teammate in photo). The Undefeated sports blog is running a story about a former MLB manager suggesting a hair-brained idea to change that―an all-black team. William C. Rhoden, author of the story, calls it a "great idea." The EEOC would surely disagree!
The Huffington Post is starstruck by LeBron James and his support of Beto O'Rourke, the Texas Democrat running against Sen. Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate. Writer David Barden said James' political activism, including his wearing a "Beto for Senate" cap in San Antonio, is a "slam dunk."
Outsports website co-founder Cyd Zeigler could not be happier with this year's Dodgers-Red Sox World Series matchup. It's a "dream World Series for the LGBTQ community," declares Zeigler, the author of Fair Play, a book exploring how LGBT athletes "have claimed their rightful place in sport." He considers this year's Fall Classic extra special because the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers both have strong histories of supporting the LGBTQ community.
In an op-ed in today's Washington Post opinion section, no doubt timed for the election 12 days from now, former Olympic men's decathlon champion Caitlyn Jenner (see file photo) faults herself for voting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016. She writes that the trans community is now under relentless attack from the president and his administration's unscientific focus on birth gender is "politics at its worst."
This season, sportscasters and writers are waging an all-out blitz on NFL teams to sign the renegade free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The dismissal of Denver's backup quarterback and the poor play of quarterbacks in Jacksonville and New York have heightened media demands for their man Kap. For NFL beat reporters and talk show hosts, calling for Kaepernick's return to pro football has practically been a routine part of their work for the past two seasons
To The Atlantic's Saahil Desai, college sports have too much of the wrong complexion. As a matter of fact, he writes, college sports at elite schools are really an "affirmative action" program for rich white kids.