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NBA basketball superstar Stephen Curry and his new media company are helping produce the faith-based movie Breakthrough, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this year, Curry, a guard for the world champion Golden State Warriors, introduced Unanimous Media, which has a film and television deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Breakthrough is the story of a teen-ager who drowned and was miraculously revived by the power of prayer.
Is Paul McCartney available to once again bail out the troubled Super Bowl halftime program? The NFL may want to think about bringing in the former Beatles legend because the scourge of social justice activism is wreaking havoc with the big game's big entertainment event. Now Rihanna is reportedly passing up an opportunity to perform at halftime of the 2019 Super Bowl because she's upset that Colin Kaepernick is not part of an NFL team.
October 16 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Olympic Games protest by U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Their black power salute on the medal stand at Mexico City outraged many Americans and divided the media, but today the united American media celebrates them as royalty. Media treat another athlete reviled by many, Colin Kaepernick, as the successor to Smith and Carlos as a social justice icon.
Author of the recently released book "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times," Mark Leibovich made an appearance earlier this week on The Daily Show. A major theme of his six-minute chat with host Trevor Noah is that NFL owners are predominantly white, Republican and inept. Echoing former President Barack Obama's "you didn't build that" line for the ages, Leibovich says NFL owners are immature people who just lucked into the ownership of their respective teams.
If social justice warrior athletes follow the advice of David Steele, their activism in sports venues will be an "endless fight." A writer for The Sporting News who previously co-authored a biography on 1968 Olympic protester Tommie Smith, Steele posted a 7,000-word broadside on the people who oppose political activism in sports and on the athletes who refuse to go political in their platforms. He also tries to justify the actions of protesters like Colin Kaepernick, who carries the "DNA" of former African-American athletes Jack Johnson, John Carlos, Muhammad Ali and others.
In 2010, a poll concluded that the Women's NBA is the most far-left sports organization in the land. With a mid-term election fast approaching all indications are that the league remains largely in support of leftist causes. The 2018 "Woke" NBA season recently ended and while many of these players take their games overseas in the league's offseason, others are staying put in hopes of rocking the vote.
The winner of Sunday's 2018 UCI Women's Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles towered over the runners-up on the victory stand. Silver medalist Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and bronze medalist Jennifer Wagner of the U.S. never had a chance against gold medalist Rachel McKinnon, a biological male of superior height and leg strength.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett took heaps of abuse this past week for opting to punt on fourth-and-one during last Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss to Houston. This weekend, former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who now writes about racism in sports for ESPN's social justice blog, The Undefeated, made Garrett the poster boy for white privilege at the expense of African-Americans unable to secure jobs as head coaches and general managers in the NFL.
Retired football superstar Herschel Walker (second from right in photo) has expressed disgust with CNN for not firing Don Lemon, Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer after their "despicable" remarks about rapper Kanye West's (second from left in photo) White House meeting with President Donald Trump. The Washington Times and Fox News are among the very few covering this story, but most networks are ignoring Walker's remarks.
Building off a Monday rant by ESPN's Max Kellerman, New York Daily News writer Chuck Modiano demanded on Thursday the New York Giants sign you know who: cop-hater Colin Kaepernick. Since NFL free agency began in spring 2017, one liberal media type after another demanded teams sign the Castro-loving, America-bashing, former anthem kneeler even though Kaepernick and his copycat protesters have damaged the NFL's ratings.
"PC mascot police" in the media were quick to write Chief Wahoo's "obituary" as soon as the Cleveland Indians' season ended Monday. When Houston swept the Tribe 3-0 in an America League Division Series, it also brought an end to the 71-year history of Cleveland's Chief Wahoo mascot and logo. Media have been demanding the head of Chief Wahoo, as well as the end of the Washington Redskins' nickname, for a long time.
Yahoo Sports' Jason Owens leaves no doubt as to his partiality in the ongoing NFL protest controversy. He's against President Donald Trump, with Colin Kaepernick and definitely all-in with a brand new protest by the New Orleans' Saints SJW running back Alvin Kamara.
What happened at halftime of a high school football game at Brookhaven High School, in Jackson, Miss., this weekend may have been one of the darkest hours in Friday Night Lights history. Students from the visiting Forest Hill High School marching band staged a halftime skit in which students dressed up as doctors and nurses held other students dressed as SWAT team members at gunpoint. The Tribunist reports, "The move would be controversial at any game, but is even more shocking as two Brookhaven police officers were killed in the line of duty last week."
As the 50th anniversary of the protest-marred 1968 Olympic Games nears, the New York Daily News' Carron J. Phillips and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are glorifying Colin Kaepernick, as well as the two disgraced sprinters who staged a black power salute during the national anthem in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee stripped Tommie Smith and John Carlos of their medals and expelled them from the Olympic Village. A 1968 headline in the Evening News declared, "Games are Rocked by Black Power." Media reporting has shifted 180 degrees since then, as many reporters sympathize with radical social justice warriors.
Liz Clarke and Mark Maske of The Washington Post blame President Donald Trump for catapulting the NFL's national anthem protests into a national issue last year. Not Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Michael Bennett, Travis Kelce or the other players who blatantly disrespected veterans throughout the 2016 and 2017 NFL seasons. In today's Post, the writers explore the reasons behind the comparative calm during the first month of this season and also offer support for one of the pet projects of the NFL's social justice warriors — bail reform for people accused of crimes.
Multi-millionaire football player Eric Reid (see photo) is back in the National Football League and shooting off the kind of anti-American remarks that would make his old kneeling buddy, Colin Kaepernick, proud. In Jason Reid's story on The Undefeated, Eric Reid says America's 400-year history of racism continues, African-Americans lack economic opportunity and "You can’t live in your own house in America without getting killed."
Jemele Hill's race-baiting forum is open for business once again now that she's joined the staff of The Atlantic magazine. As a writer and podcast hostess, she'll cover "the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture," says the leftist magazine's editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg in a Twitter announcement Monday. Make that "sports lite."
The smear of Judge Brett Kavanaugh widens. USA Today writer Erik Brady suggests the Supreme Court nominee stay off basketball courts while kids are around. Kavanaugh predicted this could happen, during Thursday's Senate Judicial Committee hearing. He said the taint of smear could result in the loss of his opportunity to volunteer as a youth coach again. Brady's pointed remarks proved the nominee a man who understands the full ramifications of the attacks against him.
Chris Dudley was a journeyman bench player in the NBA for 16 years who attracted little media attention. As a college friend of Brett Kavanaugh's at Yale, Dudley is now being contacted by numerous reporters and he's telling them all the same, consistent story. As reported by Yahoo and The Washington Post, Dudley says he never saw the Supreme Court nominee black out. Dudley vouches for Kavanaugh's character and says he's being unfairly maligned.
Every time a starting quarterback in the NFL goes down with a serious injury, some sports writer is quick to urge that team to sign free agent Colin Kaepernick (seen in file photo). It happened again when San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending knee injury Sunday. The Root's Stephen A. Crockett Jr. and Michael Harriot offer six "legit reasons" why the 49ers should bring back their former QB and one why they won't.