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As a teenager, Justin Rohrwasser had a symbol tattooed on his arm that has since been adopted by a white supremacist group. The former college place-kicker was drafted by the New England Patriots over the weekend, and said Saturday he does not associate with that group and he will cover up the controversial tattoo. Guilty until proven innocent, says self-appointed "white supremacist cop" Jemele Hill, who's refusing to accept his denial of racism.
Ranting on ESPN's First Take show Thursday, Stephen A. Smith accused Major League Baseball of racism in its punishment of sign stealing offenders. The sports media blog Awful Announcing roasted him for the bizarre accusation, calling his claim "quite a stretch."
In case it's escaped your radar, football has-been Colin Kaepernick is trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus while President Donald Trump and liberate-the-state "white-wing" protesters are encouraging its spread. That's the not-so-brilliant deduction of Deadspin sports lite writer Chuck Modiano Thursday.
PC in the NFL stands for "political correctness" and the "Players Coalition," a group of current and former players who shook down the league to the tune of $90 million for social justice activism. The Players Coalition is charging that coronavirus testing is not available in minority communities and announced it's planning to expand its social justice outreach to address disproportionate rates of African Americans suffering and dying from COVID-19.
An undefeated boxer from San Francisco says he'll never lose to a white boy, and there's barely a whimper in the sports media world that normally has a quick trigger finger on stories involving racism. CNN, the New York Daily News and BBC websites covered the story, but the rest of the sports media -- including those who usually scream the loudest about racism -- saw no evil and heard no evil.
Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins let fly Saturday morning with a thunderous literary salvo on President Trump over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her assault was highly personal and dismissive of the White House's Thursday announcement of a cautious, three-stage recovery plan.
Encouraged by media supporters, this week LGBT legal guns went to court to launch legal proceedings aimed at re-defining gender. They filed suit against two new Idaho laws banning transgender males from competing on women's public school teams and from changing their gender on their birth certificates. There was little neutrality visible in media accounts of the lawsuits, particularly with the blatantly biased NBC News reporter.
You've got the internet, conservative talk radio and Fox News as alternatives for fake news on the COVID-19 pandemic, right? Yes, and who else do you trust to provide straight, unbiased reporting on the coronavirus? You naturally gravitate to ... sports writers ... for the latest news, too, right? Nah, not so much! Deadspin's cadre of caustic, progressive cynics will give you everything you don't need/can't trust.
Sports Illustrated writer and podcast host Jimmy Traina on Monday tried to goad retired ESPN SportsCenter host Bob Ley into a broadside attack on President Trump and met with mixed results. Traina said the president is doing "long-standing" damage to the nation, and before veering off the political angle of COVID-19, Ley directed the words "criminal negligence" in the president's direction.
Magic Johnson's reckless behavior as an NBA player led to an HIV diagnosis and early retirement from the L.A. Lakers. Astonishingly, in a USA Today story Friday, he disgustingly compares his plight to people who, through no fault of their own, have contracted or died from the coronavirus.
After 9/11, sports writers let President George W. Bush off the hook for a failed war, racism, the failure of capitalism and a denial of LGBT rights. Now they're giving President Donald Trump a pass for his mistakes after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the U.S., claims Deadspin writer Sam Fels on Wednesday. At the root of the problem is the notion that sports can aid the world in recovery from horrific events.
Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney's confidence in America to gain the upper hand on COVID-19 is misplaced "jingoistic bravado" and an "embrace of ignorance." From Dabo to the Dumbo in the White House, it's part of conservative efforts to socially distance themselves from science, says Deadspin writer Jim Rich.
Sports media, President Donald Trump, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and anyone else hinting at a fall return of sports took a brutal beating from Jay Mariotti in a Monday post on Barrett Sports Media. With carnage on the streets and the world nearing its end, this is absolutely the worst time in history to stick to sports, the bombastic Mariotti vented.
In a conference call with the commissioners of major league sports Saturday, President Donald Trump expressed optimism that professional sports can safely resume by late summer. A critic at Deadspin sports blog, Carron J. Phillips, calls that a swing and a miss by a desperate, impeached president who has no interest in the welfare of black athletes.
Shannon Sharpe, co-host of Fox Sports 1's The Undisputed program, ripped Jared Kushner and his father-in-law President Donald Trump over federal handling of the coronavirus. Deadspin writer Chris Baud defended Sharpe in a post titled "Shannon Sharpe Says What We Were All Thinking: Jared Kushner Is an Incompetent Ass Bag", and it all goes downhill from there.
The much-hated New England Patriots can't even get a break from the media for using their team plane to bring facemasks from China to America. Jemele Hill, a notorious Trump hater, criticized the team's good deed simply because Patriots owner Bob Kraft is a friend of the president's. SB Nation writer Morgan Moriarty tore into the federal government for not doing what the Patriots did.
In the absence of real live sports, The New York Post is desperately grasping for anything remotely having something to do with sports and athletes to fill up space. So desperate, in fact, that Wednesday's and Thursday's editions featured women's MMA fighter Paige VanZant and her husband doing some raw cooking and working out at home. As in the raw raw, in the buff, bare nakies.
Isn't it appropriate that the day preceding April Fool's Day is "TDoV": The International Transgender Day of Visibility? It's a magical day when people can celebrate their transcendence over biology, a day when LGBTQ folks can fool people into thinking that males can be females and females can be males.
It's vintage Deadspin red meat: Carron J. Phillips tearing into President Donald Trump over the coronavirus and his alleged racism. This president did not follow the wisdom of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and now we're all doomed. The impeachment farce failed, but Trump still needs to be removed from office, Phillips writes.
Stephen Curry's Wednesday Instagram interview of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave viewers a break from "fake news" on COVID-19, writes Mark Medina of USA Today Sports. President Donald Trump is the alleged source of that fake news, and the Golden State Warriors all-star guard gave former President Barack Obama and other viewers "actual information."