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Over the weekend, USA Today's coverage of the U.S. women's national soccer team's play in the World Cup in France could have easily been thought of as a well-coordinated attack on President Donald Trump. Saturday's online edition carried three politically charged stories on the soccer team — one-fourth of the day's "Top Stories" list — paying little attention to the team's actual play on the field.
Earlier this week, the co-hosts of the Sports Illustrated Now program championed the NBA as a progressive league and red flagged former player and coach Mark Jackson's aspirations to coach again because he's a Christian. Jackson compiled a winning record in three seasons as coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014, and this week a current member of the team suggested Jackson is being blackballed by the NBA because of past citations of the Bible on sexuality.
In an opening rant on his BET Black Coffee program Wednesday, host Marc Lamont Hill ranted and raved about the exploitation of athletes who are treated like slaves. Earlier this week, the NBA indicated a shift away from the term "owner" because of imagined racial overtones, and Hill came unglued by the reaction to that by white people.
The circus surrounding the U.S. national women’s soccer team expanded into three rings Wednesday. Headed for a Friday quarterfinal match against France in the World Cup, a prominent member of Team USA accused President Donald Trump of getting angry with women he can't grope. He let loose an early morning flurry of Tweets saying the team should respect the flag, and he inviting the team to the White House win or lose. USA Today’s anti-Trumper sports staff predictably sided with the soccer team and bashed the president.
U.S. national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe continues to draw media attention by shunning the Star Spangled Banner at the World Cup in France. Reliable left-stream USA Today writers are defending her and criticizing The Hill and President Trump for faulting her ongoing protest.
It was just 19 days ago that TMZ Sports and Newsweek magazine stirred up talk about the NBA possibly changing the way it refers to team owners. To the ultra-sensitive, it's supposedly a racially insensitive title. At the time, Newsbusters reported there was no pressure from the NBA to succumb to this over-the-top political correctness, but now the league's commissioner is talking about doing away with the O word, notes CBS News.
Move over, Sports Illustrated ― for "Transgender Illustrated." SI writer Dan Greene just joined the growing list of media promoting transgenders in sports with his feature on Nyla Rose, the first transgender person to join a major American professional wrestling organization.
Throughout this month Michigan State University's public radio station WKAR has aired portions of an interview with Jemele Hill, former ESPN SportsCenter anchor and current writer for The Atlantic. Hill says athlete activism is far from over, defended athlete activists LeBron James, Serena Williams and Colin Kaepernick, called President Donald Trump a liar and denied that she is an activist.
The LGBT blog Outsports and transgender athletes are ridiculing high school girls in Connecticut and their Christian lawyers who filed a Title IX complaint with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights over the state's transgender policy. Dawn Ennis calls their legal counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a "hate" group.
Ever wonder why professed Christian superstar athletes Russell Wilson and Stephen Curry go along with the politically correct progressive flow instead of holding true to the Christian worldview? That's because speaking openly about one's faith can be extremely hazardous to a Christian athlete's career, as Australian rugby player Israel Folau found out earlier this year. Especially minority Christian athletes. Folau was stripped of his $4 million contract for becoming, as the Saturday Paper reported, '‘the first athlete to be sanctioned for his religious views'’.
According to The Undefeated senior researcher Martenzie Johnson, bad behavior by fans during this year's NBA Finals is symptomatic of whites' dehumanization of African-American athletes. The fans' boorish treatment of injured Golden State star Kevin Durant prompted Johnson to invoke a centuries-old history of African Americans being characterized as selfish, savage, monkey-like and brainless. His story, "Kevin Durant and the dehumanization of black athletes", appears on an ESPN blog with its own history of race baiting.
In a video produced by The Young Turks internet site, commentator Rick Strom champions ex-NFL quarterback and anthem protestor Colin Kaepernick as a man who promoted life and equality while fighting injustices and bashes Fox News as Trump's state-sponsored network promoting gun manufacturers producing weapons to kill.
The Nation magazine's firebrand sports editor Dave Zirin has aggressively come to the defense of Megan Rapinoe, a lesbian member of the U.S. national women's soccer team who refused to sing the national anthem before a World Cup game Tuesday. He blasted right-wing "Christianists" who opposed her protest and slammed President Trump and Vice-president Pence for waging an anti-LGBT agenda.
Team USA's 13-0 women's World Cup soccer thrashing of Thailand Tuesday got a heavy infusion of politics from the media. U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe refused to honor America during the pre-game national anthem, as an insult to President Donald Trump, and USA Today referred to the president as a "misogynist" after he declined to discuss the team's quest for equal pay.
It's been 51 years since American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos protested with a black power salute on the victory podium at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Smith just turned 75 this month, and the more time goes by, the more he is revered by those on the Left. Ricardo A. Hazell, senior contributor to The Shadow League blog, toasted Smith as a "legend" and an honored member of the academic community.
On Tuesday, Team USA opens the defense of its 2015 World Cup title in a match against Thailand, but, as The Washington Post reports, the team has much more important things than soccer on its agenda. In fact, four team members are pushing for radical cultural change, and the whole team is suing U.S. Soccer for gender discrimination.
In an Outsports Exclusive, the LGBT publication tries to make the case that male transgenders dominating women's sports events really have no physical advantages over female foes. There's just one problem with the agenda-driven story: CeCe Telfer is a NCAA Division II national champion in the 400 meter hurdles.
Since the Memorial Day controversy in Fresno when the Grizzlies minor league baseball team showed a video depicting Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (shown speaking at the 2019 Women's Rights March in New York) as an "enemy of freedom," the Fresno Bee has published multiple stories on the controversy which conveniently skipped right over the socialist firebrand's ideas for eroding many of the feedoms that Americans have long enjoyed.
Is the NBA so politically correct that its teams would drop the term "owner" for fear of off of offending the sensitivities of its mostly African American players? There's no actual pressure from the league to force teams to drop the term, but that didn't stop media sensationalists from making it a big issue Tuesday. TMZ Sports and Newsweek Sports both reported on the possibility of it becoming reality.
Sunday's Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto was one of the most politicized games in league history. Former president Barack Obama was in attendance and drew his adoring media pals away from sports and into political partisanship. And the circus also included Golden State Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr pushing gun control before and after his team's victory.