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The progressive flag-waving founder of The Young Turks Network says Nike's Colin Kaepernick campaign serves as proof that progressives have won the culture wars. He also hopes the former San Francisco quarterback wins enough money in his collusion lawsuit against the NFL to buy a team. Cenk Uygur (appropriately seated at the far left in panel photo) made these declarations on The Young Turks' Thursday Youtube video program, "In 2019 Ban Bill Belichick And Hire Colin Kaepernick."
"Sports fans made it clear in 2018 that they crave stories that go beyond everyday scores and highlights," writes The Sporting News in its recap of the year. Did sports fans really have a choice though? That's assuming an awful lot because woke sports writers and broadcasters are shoving social activism in the fans' faces, glorifying malcontents, obsessing on partisan politics and pushing radical progressive agendas on their audience.
Jet-setting tennis pro Serena Williams, the insulting LeBron James, cop-hater Colin Kaepernick and the gymnasts who exposed former U.S. Olympic coach Larry Nasser are the sports heroes of 2018 — in the progressive view of USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan. The gymnasts are no-doubters; the others are highly questionable.
Newsweek breaking news reporter Benjamin Fearnow covered Wednesday's comments by Rush Limbaugh (see photo) on the criminal justice reform bill that easily passed Congress. Limbaugh claimed the bill steals one of the major issues, prison reform for nonviolent criminals, that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have been have been demanding through their anthem protests.
In a year-long "season" of print and electronic media sports coverage, American writers and broadcasters have gone way, way, way out of bounds in sensationalistic and unsportsmanlike reporting. Biased progressives shamelessly heaved the ball downfield for leftist causes, frequently "targeting" and "roughing" conservatives along the way. Here's our list of 10 "all-pros" —media whose biting, bigoted, biased quotes rank among the most egregious of 2018. Let the boos begin!
Eric Reid, a safety for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, has been subjected to "random" drug tests seven times in his 11 weeks with the team, and he says it's retaliation for having kneeled for three seasons and for suing the league for alleged collusion. The Root writer Stephen A. Crockett Jr. says the frequent drug tests of the malcontent stem from the NFL's likeness to the Trump Administration. Both are "dictatorships disguised as democracies," he writes.
Born a boy, Andraya Yearwood is of great value to the LGBTQ agenda. So is Mirin Fader, a Bleacher Report writer who uses Yearwood's story to promote transgenderism. In her feature on Yearwood, Fader comes up with excuse after excuse to wiggle out of obvious advantages that males have over women in sports competition.
The future site of a new stadium for the NFL's Washington Redskins is turning into a real political football, and it's no surprise whose side members of the media are taking. The team's new home could be in D.C., Maryland or Virginia and, like virtually every new stadium in America, likely will get help in the form of corporate welfare. Congress has some say in the matter, and it's complicated. Deadspin staff writer Chris Thompson is convinced the Redskins, sleazy Republicans and the "insanely crooked administration" are conspiring to "screw D.C. residents" on a stadium deal.
Wanna distract public attention from your school district's lousy academic ratings? Shift the topic to Colin Kaepernick by writing a letter to the Washington Redskins imploring them to give him a tryout! And say you're teaching your students valuable lessons in the process. That's the thinking of seven members of the Prince George’s County, Maryland school board who seem more concerned with social justice than academics.
It's becoming routine for the left-stream media to deviate from the sports stories unfolding in front of them to mine for politically incorrect social media history. It happened again Saturday night when Kyler Murray, the Oklahoma University quarterback, was named winner of the Heisman Trophy, college football's top honor. In practically no time at all, the media found "anti-gay slurs" he'd written on Twitter six years ago and shamed him on his biggest night. Outkick The Coverage blogger Clay Travis examined this alarming media trend and says we are "enabling rabid jackals of mob-enswirled outrage" and the public is sick of it.
"The information universe is in a state of constant evolution, but the sports background of any controversial figure is almost always irrelevant." This statement appears at the end of Tim Layden's hypocritical Sports Illustrated criticism of acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker (appearing in photograph) and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The ironic thing is that Layden specifically focused on the sports background of both men. The appalling thing is that Layden lumps the sports backgrounds of Whitaker and Kavanaugh in with those of despicable criminals — a rapist and a terrorist.
For a few years now, social justice activism has been used to determine Sports Illustrated's "Sportsperson of the Year" award. The Golden State Warriors' entire team is this year's winner, and though they've won three NBA championships in the last four years, that simple fact didn't seem to weigh heavily into SI's decision. "Matters beyond basketball" did, according to Alaa Abdeldaiem, a breaking news writer at SI.
Oklahoma University's superstar quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, but by Sunday he was being shamed by the media for something that has absolutely nothing to do with his incredible 2018 football season. Instead, Murray became just the latest high-profile athlete to be busted by social media "cops" in the sports media exposing anyone who has written "anti-gay slurs" in their youth.
He can't save the Arizona Cardinals from a losing season, but progressive rookie quarterback Josh Rosen wants to save the world from so-called global warming. In Frank Schwab's Yahoo Sports story, Rosen is an Al Gore sound-alike who says the debate on climate change is over and the only question is if the earth will survive with humans on it. Schwab ignored Rosen's politics, but the tactless athlete has also been seen playing golf while wearing an "F Trump" hat -- at the Trump National Golf Club.
A year ago, ESPN's SportsCenter broadcasts were so far to the Left side of the political ledger that critics aptly dubbed it "Woke Center." Since then, the rebranded "SC6" and its co-hosts/social justice warriors Jemele Hill and Michael Smith have moved on, and new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro says he wants no politics on ESPN air. This was the prompt for Ben Strauss's Washington Post story, "ESPN Wants to Make 'SportsCenter' Great Again."
Healthy quarterbacks in the nation's capital are dropping like flies, and Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Monday the team actually discussed Colin Kaepernick. But after the team passed (again) on the renegade free agent and signed "Journeyman" Josh Johnson (see photo), ESPN First Take panelists discussed why the radical kneeler missed out on another potential job in the NFL. Damien Woody and Max Kellerman started off with surface-level Kaepernick blather, but Stephen A. Smith soon raised the stakes.
The issue of whether or not sports champions should visit the Trump White House flared up again Tuesday after Boston Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy announced that this year's World Series Champions are going to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
CBS Sports and USA Today Sports finally have something good to say about a Republican. Both liberally slanted media outlets wrote glowing tributes this weekend to the late President George Herbert Walker Bush, who died Friday. CBS's Mike Axisa focused on the late President Bush's special connection with baseball, and USA Today's Christine Brennan reflected on "Genuine George H.W. Bush" and golf memories.
At the close of November's observance of Native American Heritage Month, a self-appointed spokesman for Native Americans has delivered the latest attack on the Washington Redskins' nickname. Julian Brave Noisecat, who's associated with open borders advocate Jorge Ramos, writes on The Undefeated blog, "Washington's football luck won't change until the team's mascot does." His attempt to speak for all Native Americans flies in the face of a 2016 Washington Post poll that revealed 90 percent of Native Americans are "not bothered" by the NFL team's nickname.
Mid-term elections weren't the only American elections making news in November. Since Thursday, NFL fans have had the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite players to appear in the Pro Bowl game in Orlando Jan. 27, 2019. A Twitter campaign by "Resist Programming" is encouraging fans to vote -- gulp! -- for inactive free agent and social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick (center in photo, kneeling with former teammates) as an NFL all-star!