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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.
Rather than visiting President Donald Trump Monday at the White House, the World Series Champion Washington Nationals should have stuck to sports. They should have known the fans who jeered the president at World Series Game 5 would be harmed. The Trump-supportive actions of Kurt Suzuki and Ryan Zimmerman shredded the Nationals' generation of goodwill and harmed those who oppose this president. These are the negative reactions of WTOP FM sports editor Noah Frank, in his story, "Maybe the National should have stuck to sports."
In reporting on the World Series Champion Washington Nationals visiting the White House Monday, reporters and President Donald Trump expressed surprise that a key player on the team wore a MAGA hat. USA Today played the story pretty fairly, but The Washington Post and The Week were decidedly critical.
Most media reports of President Donald Trump's attendance at a Saturday night UFC event at Madison Square Garden claim he was soundly booed, with some cheering. The president and his son called it a positive reaction, but Newsweek disputed their claims. A Vox story said videos taken from different places in the arena varied on the president's reception, and biased and fair reporting was evident as well.
The loony Left puts another dent in American culture. On Long Island, a goofy concoction known as the "lopsided score committee" suspended a high school football coach who recently directed his team to a victory exceeding Big Brother's allowable 42 points! Just another day at the office for ridiculous regressives.
As the Deadspin empire crumbles to the ground and fresh copy is hard to find on the site, sports talkers Jason Whitlock and Clay Travis delivered "eulogies" that weren't pretty. Many of the irreverent leftist writers and editors at Deadspin have quit or been fired for refusing new management's order to do straight sports.
One clearly does not need to be in the concussion protocol to demonstrate how utterly foggy their minds are about things that matter. Take Christie Aschwanden, a writer for Wired, whose grasp of the controversy surrounding transgenders in sports defies explanation. She raves about the success of males in women's sports and promotes a handicap system that would use an algorithm to account for physiological, social and socioeconomic considerations to even the playing field among genders.
The Deadspin blog is getting a major make-over, and its run as "sports news without access, favor or discretion" is coming to an end. New management issued a memo Monday ordering writers to stick to sports, and the memo was leaked to The Daily Beast.
The District of Columbia gave Donald Trump just 12,723 votes (4.1 percent) in the 2016 presidential election and an arctic cold reception Sunday night at the World Series. The media echo chamber reported he was booed and treated to a "lock him up" chant at Game 5 in Nationals Park.
Without any NFL-style political correctness to protect them, three high school football coaches in New Orleans recently lost their jobs. The head coach and two assistant coaches at St. Augustine High School are now unemployed because their players were singing an n-laced fight song before their games. If that happened in the NFL, the commissioner who hired vulgar rapper Jay-Z to direct Super Bow halftime entertainment would probably look the other way, writes New York Post sports columnist Phil Mushnick.
Talk about a long wind-up leading to media coverage of the World Series! USA Today's Gabe Lacques' Saturday story on a Houston Astros controversy started with a six-paragraph hit piece on President Donald Trump. Lacques writes how the president will arrive late at Game 5 in Washington D.C., so as not to delay fan arrival for the big game, and by the way, Trump has a low approval rating and 44 percent of Americans want him to be impeached.
The ongoing World Series is shedding a bright light on the Washington Nationals' devotion to the LGBTQ rainbow nation. Compared to the Houston Astros, who ''do nothing'' to appease LGBTQ pressure groups, the Nationals are A-OK, writes Jim Buzinski on SB Nation's Outsports LGBT blog.
As an estimated 5,000 anti-Redskins protesters were expected to march and rally at Thursday night's NFL game in Minneapolis, they had the full support of The Washington Postt. Des Bieler's story gave advance voice to the protesters just 30 days after his colleague Kevin Blackistone declared that opponents of the Redskins' nickname are winning the war of words.