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California is the poster state for illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. So while some of the locals saw it as novel and humorous when fans wearing President Donald Trump and border wall shirts showed up at a Sacramento Kings NBA game Friday night, it was red meat for media who scrutinized the messages as potentially obscene.
Monday was the first chance for ESPN First Take debaters Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman to weigh in on Friday's NFL settlement with former player Colin Kaepernick, who, along with Eric Reid, had sued on the grounds of collusion to keep them out of the league for kneeling. Both First Take commentators have consistently defended Kaepernick's social justice cause, but on Monday Kellerman said Kaepernick can claim victory and Smith disputed that.
In his winter of discontent, Chicago Tribune Contact Reporter Eric Zorn announced several reasons for quitting as a Cubs' fan. Ending a 30-year love affair with the team, he's comparing its support for President Donald Trump and business dealings with right-wingers to the abusive and homophobic behavior of team members and the co-owner's racist emails.
Media reactions to Friday's settlement by the NFL on the collusion suit brought by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are pouring in. The former NFL player Kaepernick and the current player Reid are expected to reap a windfall in exchange for ending their attempt to prove the league owners colluded with one another to keep them out of the NFL. The most outrageous reaction came from SB Nation's Harry Lyles Jr., who saw a racist element in the settlement that other media missed.
The long legal battle between the NFL and Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid ended today with a settlement. Kaepernick is the former San Francisco quarterback who ignited a firestorm of controversy in 2016 when he began sitting and kneeling during the national anthem. Teammate Eric Reid quickly joined his protest of racial inequality and police brutality, and additional NFL players knelt, too. Both men filed collusion grievances against the NFL, resulting in many months of depositions. Media sentiment has overwhelming favored the social justice warriors and accused the NFL of blackballing them.
Appearing on Cuomo Prime Time with host Chris Cuomo Wednesday, CNN's Don Lemon called the Wisconsin Republican lawmakers' objection to Colin Kaepernick's name on a Black History Month resolution "BS." Lemon also criticized former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who was included in the resolution) for "weapons of mass destruction" and accused President Donald Trump of twisting Kaepernick's protest narrative.
When Colin Kaepernick knelt during the playing of the national anthem, his media apologists assured the public it was purely a matter of free speech. But media are singing a different tune today, because when Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly objected to the inclusion of Kaepernick's name on a Black History resolution it was not a matter of expressing free speech rights. White Republicans had erased him, spiked him and stripped him from Black History Month.
Raising a red herring, Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor bemoans that if woman-beaters like Kareem Hunt are allowed to play in the NFL, then Colin Kaepernick should be allowed to play, too. The argument isn't if a woman-beater can play, then why not Kaepernick? The better point that Windsor badly misses is no owner has an obligation to employ any athlete who has crossed a line of incivility.
Outsports is the LGBT blog of SB Nation, and it's like an online version of the newspaper society page that, instead of reporting engagements and weddings, announces which athletes have come galloping out of the closet. Outsports writers are always ecstatic to report on athletes—like British horse racing jockey Jack Duern—who have revealed they are either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Duern's story is a real treat for Outsports' writer Jim Buzinski because the gay jockey has found acceptance in his sport AND he uses drag as an outlet!
In the days leading up to last week's Super Bowl 53, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and other league leaders toured Atlanta's historic civil rights locations and highlighted the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Then undid all the goodwill by degrading women and Dr. King's legacy during the halftime show. New York Post sports columnist Phil Mushnick was not about to let the NFL get away with its Super Bowl hypocrisy either.
Former U.S. Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos shocked with black power salutes at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City. They were sent home in disgrace then, but now that the media has a love affair with social justice warriors like Colin Kaepernick, Smith and Carlos are treated like heroes and adorned with honors by the progressive, social justice crowd. The Golden State Warriors saluted Smith during a game Wednesday, and visiting San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich predicted that Kaepernick, too, will become greatly admired.
In his NBA playing days, the volatile Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (KAJ) was well known for his unstoppable skyhook shot and, dubiously, for sucker punching opponents and basket supports when he got angry. Now he verbally punches President Donald Trump and NFL owners, while launching "sky hooks" for social justice in hard-hitting commentaries for the Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian. In his most recent verbal knockout punch, for The Guardian, he asks if there is any room left for social conscience amidst the commercial giant known as the Super Bowl.
The self-appointed "Justice Journalist" of the New York Daily News' sports staff, Chuck Modiano, went ballistic about white privilege in the NFL. While mentioning the white race 29 times in less than flattering terms, he claims the so-called black-balling of Colin Kaepernick is due to economic racism, and says the majority of NFL owners are incompetent Trumpian clones who are selling whiteness to a white fan base.
During his Super Bowl Sunday CBS interview with Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, President Donald Trump demonstrated how he'd favorably addressed some major issues raised by the NFL's social justice warriors. Yet the Super Bowl had barely ended when media began looking for Patriots' players willing to snub the president by skipping the team's likely White House reception.
From panels and press conferences to exhibits, social justice efforts were everywhere at Super Bowl 53 (see Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, center in photo, at social justice press conference). The most controversial football player in the world hasn’t played in the NFL in two years, but Colin Kaepernick was figuratively "at" the Super Bowl. This sums up Natalie Weiner's take on the culture surrounding Sunday's Super Bowl game in Atlanta. The SB Nation writer had a bad case of social justice mania.
Sunday's Super Bowl advertising will include a high-profile, first-time player: The Washington Post. Paying in excess of $10 million for the 60-second television ad, The Post will pat itself on the back as a heroic truth-teller. Advertising doesn't get more false.
Absolutely no one should be surprised that a media apologist for Colin Kaepernick would try to upstage the upcoming NFL championship by paying homage to the social justice warrior during Super Bowl week. Michael Fletcher, a senior writer for ESPN's The Undefeated, writes a glowing puff piece about how Kaepernick dominates every NFL conversation without actually speaking.
Attempting to squeeze their way in front of the glaring spotlight that is the Super Bowl this weekend will be numerous social justice protesters. The Nation magazine reports that in Atlanta this weekend, the points of protest will surround racial inequalities, voter suppression and income inequality in Georgia.
After an NFL player badly injured a New York police officer, NBC Sports' Michael David Smith was much more concerned about a statement by the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) than the crime committed by the alleged perpetrator.
Hey, Tom Brady, while you and your coaches and teammates are preparing to take on the Los Angeles Rams in Sunday's Super Bowl, you would do well to trash that MAGA hat sitting in your locker. That's the advice you're getting from Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter movies, who tells Brady he's terrific and he's behind him, but the hat must go. President Donald Trump is, after all, as bad or worse than Potter's disgusting antagonist, Voldemort.