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It's a social justice synergy 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.
Casting neutrality to the wind, USA Today's Josh Peter is openly cheering for Serena Williams to take the record for most career grand slam tennis titles from the current record holder, Margaret Court (at right in photo with Williams). Peter briefly introduces Williams in his lead graph and then uses the next six paragraphs for an anti-Christian attack on the "homophobe" Margaret Court, now an ordained Pentecostal pastor who believes marriage is one man and one woman.
Against the backdrop of Nike rolling out its highly controversial new Colin Kaepernick "Just Do It" campaign during last night's NFL season opener, Sports Illustrated's Jacob Feldman has declared victory for fans urging media to "stick to sports." Gosh, he could have fooled the world with such a wild claim!
In our latest visit to left-wing firebrand Dave Zirin, red meat sports editor of The Nation, we learn that Nike is unfit to brand the exalted prince of social justice activism, Colin Kaepernick. The conservatives he considers unfit, period, got a passing mention in this screed, as Zirin cut Nike down to size. It's all about Kaepernick and not about the Nike swoosh logo.
Last week's LeBron James' HBO TV program, The Shop, may have pleased the NBA superstar's progressive "choir," but it drew rock bottom ratings from Jason Whitlock on the Fox Sports 1 Speak for Yourself show. Whitlock criticized "King" James for being out of touch with the black community and called him the "black Trump."
Unbelievably, Nike just made Colin Kaepernick -- of all people! -- the face of its 30th anniversary "Just Do it" campaign. Was it the cops-are-pigs socks that sold Nike on the toxic former NFL quarterback? The pro-Castro t-shirt? The America is not free tweet from Ghana? So many "great marketing" choices for Nike! Bleacher Report's Tim Daniels did not speculate on the reasoning behind Nike's bizarre decision.
If you thought The Undefeated sports section was about athletics, you've gone to the wrong place. It's about racism ... all the time. This past weekend you could pull up The Undefeated to read about LeBron James' (see file photo from ESPN interview) history of discomfort with white people and learn how equality is only a "theoretical concept" for African-Americans. Writer Justin Tinsley alleges that James has moved past his racial bitterness, but it's hard to determine how he comes to such a conclusion.
Today in the 21st century, we have a serious problem with white male sexists and racists who are dictating what women and minorities can wear on and off their playing fields. They're putting evolution on hold with their micro-aggressions of sexism and racism, complains Carron J. Phillips, the sports, race and social issues columnist for The New York Daily News.
Touré was once a familiar face on CNN and MSNBC and currently writes for The New York Times, Washington Post, Ebony, Time, Playboy and other left-wing publications. He made waves and insulted a sporting icon this week by claiming in an NYT article that the notorious Colin Kaepernick is comparable to the late tennis player Arthur Ashe, a huge disservice to the former Wimbledon champion.
Colin Kaepernick's media apologists are crowing about his Thursday summary judgment phase victory after an arbitrator ruled his collusion case against the NFL can move forward. Media are calling it a big blow for the NFL, a big victory for Kaepernick, claiming the NFL may want to settle the case and speculating on Kaepernick's attorneys deposing President Donald Trump prior to the trial. The regular season opens next Thursday, but the social justice-crusading Kaepernick is all the media rage.
An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll of 900 registered voters taken last week finds that 54 percent of respondents rate NFL anthem protests as inappropriate. In contrast, the overwhelming narrative of sports media is supportive of the protests, demonstrating once more that media are out of touch with mainstream American thinking.
ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro says it's a huge misconception that his network is "political," but his employees keep making him eat his words. On Tuesday, First Take co-hosts Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith attacked President Donald Trump and his friend, golfer Tiger Woods, for reasons having nothing to do with sports, demonstrating that ESPN can accurately be described as the “Entertainment Sports and Political Network.”