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On a big news day for the NFL Thursday, the league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement indicating they've reached a "standstill agreement" that temporarily freezes the league's ban on national anthem protests. Prior to the announcement the Miami Dolphins informed the league they planned to instate a four-game suspension for protesters, and a star player for the Tennessee Titans said he plans to protest during the national anthem.
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is not fighting hard enough for social justice and is failing Colin Kaepernick yet again. But college football players are woke on America's racism. That's the latest complaint by Carron J. Phillips, who makes a living from race grievances as the sports, race and social issues columnist for the New York Daily News.
Sports media reports today are gloating that increases in NFL revenues dispel claims that national anthem protests are hurting the league's bottom line. Some of them are not telling the full story either. Forbes' contributing writer Marc Edelman, Professor of Law at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, cites:
Tara Sullivan's Boston Globe story on the state of the NFL in July 2018 is a misery index, a litany of missteps by a league that can't get out of its own way. Conservatives and progressives can agree on several items on Sullivan's list, but other entries demonstrate the media bias one would expect from the intersection of progressive bias and the Globe.
Saturday marked the 500th day of Colin Kaepernick's absence from the NFL. His close personal friend Shaun King (appearing in photo) called the refusal of teams to sign him the biggest injustice to an athlete in his lifetime. King, all of 38 years young, formerly wrote about social justice for the New York Daily News, but is now focusing on civil and human rights, racial justice, mass incarceration and law enforcement misconduct on The Intercept blog. In short, he's a shill for Kaepernick.
The voices of athletes on social issues are greatly welcomed and needed ... as long as they take the liberal position. Athletes taking conservative positions? Not so much. Yet CNN sports writer AJ Willingham and her leftist pals say social justice warriors in sports are too often seen as less than human.
Colin Kaepernick may never play in the NFL again and Jemele Hill may never host Sports Center again, but both have ridden atrocious behavior to the lofty acclaim of media libs. The New York Daily News' Spencer Dukoff and Hill noted that Kaepernick has etched his place in history and a place in the Smithsonian, while Hill will soon be sharing a stage with Hillary Rodham Clinton and other liberal elites.
USA Today Sports' far Left ideologue Nancy Armour is having a cow because the Arizona Cardinals' owner is supporting President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Cardinals' website featured a story Monday about owner Michael Bidwill supporting his former high school football teammate Brett Kavanaugh for the nation's high court.
The NFL's new anthem policy is an ill-conceived move that plays right into the hands of a president who demonizes the league to rile up his supporters, writes Sports Illustrated's Trump-hating, flag-hating Charles Pierce. Furthermore, Pierce compares the anthem policy and Trump remarks on the NFL to 20th century British tyranny.
Progressives from Berkeley to Bristol would rather shut down a debate than stomach opposition views. Fascists at California and other universities have perfected the strategy of shutting down free speech. No longer willing to endure conservative opposition to its progressive social and political posts, ESPN.com has just joined the club by shutting down its comments section.
Michael Bennett is no longer a Seattle Seahawks pass rusher (he's been traded to Philadelphia), but social justice warriors in the Emerald City still revere him as the inventor of the athlete activist role and a new kind of hero. Seattle's NPR station KUOW was the perfect progressive forum for an interview that local teacher and SJW Jesse Hagopian conducted with Bennett in a Town Hall last month.
Wimbledon tennis play is upon us, and along with it, a perfect time for Sports Illustrated to talk politics and slam the Trump Administration in an interview with lesbian firebrand Martina Navratilova (see file photo)! The nine-time Wimbledon champion gave the LGBT movement free publicity and bashed America's top two elected officials for taking human rights backwards.
ESPN First Take shout fest combatants Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on Friday centered a debate around the question of whether or not Tim Tebow will play major league baseball. Kellerman raved about the Class AA minor leaguer and predicted he will make baseball's top level, while Smith said he'll get eaten alive by major league pitching.
U.S. college and university sports information directors gathered this week in Maryland for their annual convention, and radical sociologist Harry Edwards put the metal to the race-baiting pedal during a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion. The architect of the shocking protests by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City went off on a nine-minute tirade about "unconscious bias." As reported by North Carolina A&T University student Donovan Dooley for The Undefeated, Edwards called it a pass for racists.
A University of Texas poll shows the NFL losing a crucial base of support in football-crazy Texas, but the protest-supporting media has so far shown no interest in covering the story. Nearly half the state’s registered voters view the NFL unfavorably, according to a poll conducted by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, "a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization."
There isn't a friendlier place for a pro football player and social justice activist like Michael Bennett to visit on his book tour than at Democracy Now! During a lengthy interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Bennett made several outrageous remarks while discussing his highly controversial book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.
In a Daily Wire interview with Ben Shapiro, Fox Sports 1's Jason Whitlock said pro football pariah Colin Kaepernick has adopted a flawed political strategy of kneeling for the national anthem to raise awareness for police brutality. The former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers remains an unwanted free agent at a time when the NFL has put an end to on-field protests of the national anthem.
It's a well-known fact that ESPN doesn't always stick to sports. And this week The Worldwide Leader in (Liberal and Naked) Sports will prove again that it doesn't always stick to clothed athletes either. ESPN is unveiling—disrobing is a better word choice—its 10th edition of the Body Issue (online and in its magazine), and 16 current and former athletes will be featured without a stitch of clothing. For the past few days, the network website has been titillating viewers by featuring nude photos from an archive of the past nine years of body issues.
This week's Edge of Sports podcast by radical leftist Dave Zirin could not have insulted more people. He likened NFL players to victims of the Holocaust and his guest accused the U.S., the world's greatest liberator of the oppressed, of "imperialism." The podcast is sponsored by The Nation, a far Left publication for which Zirin serves as the I-don't-stick-to-sports editor.
Warped Orwellian media are demanding that former NBA great and current TNT basketball commentator Kevin McHale (at left in photo) lose his job because he attended President Donald Trump's rally in Duluth, Minn., this week. That's right: if you're a Trump supporter, you should not be allowed to work in media!