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Signing linebacker Reuben Foster, released earlier this week by the San Francisco 49ers for alleged domestic violence, opened up the Washington Redskins to collateral media attacks on their team nickname. ESPN Around the Horn commentator Kevin Blackistone, USA Today For the Win writer Steven Ruiz and others couldn't resist the temptation to take swipes at the Redskins' nickname while blasting the team for signing Foster.
NBC Sports' pro football writer Mike Florio is strongly urging the NFL to admit defeat and settle out of court with the cop-hating Colin Kaepernick. His commenters overwhelmingly disagree with that suggestion, and why wouldn't they? The NFL would be paying millions of dollars to someone who, as yet, has not proven the league's owners colluded to keep him out of the league.
GQ's Jeanne Marie Laskas has declared Serena Williams ''Champion of the Year," basing the honor on a loss and an epic meltdown by Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open finals in September. In arguing that women are held to a higher standard for expressing anger, Williams' outburst is defended because she was robbed by a "stupid skinny white-boy," while Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's fiery September defense against charges of sexual misconduct is characterized as a "hissy fit."
Old Left-wing media biases sometimes die hard. Deadspin blogger Dave McKenna is still making an issue of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's coaching of girls' youth basketball. Months after he was exonerated by the FBI of claims of sexual misconduct and confirmed to the Supreme Court, McKenna claims it's news that the justice is still coaching and relays the shocking tip from an anonymous source that Kavanaugh might not actually be an "intolerant douchebag."
In ridiculing President Donald Trump and NBA basketball player Kevin Durant for their strained relations with the media, New York Daily News sports columnist Carron J. Phillips compares them to dictators and bullies.
Before he was president, Donald Trump opened one of his Atlantic City casinos to the struggling UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) for mixed martial arts competitions. The UFC is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 25-part documentary on UFC's streaming service, including the segment "Combatant in Chief: The Story of Donald Trump’s History in Combat Sports." That portion of the series and the men its centers on, President Trump and UFC President Dana White, is reviled as "deranged'' in a Deadspin.com review by freelance writer Josh Tucker.
When Washington Redskins' quarterback Alex Smith went down with a nasty, season-ending injury Sunday, all appeared to be lost for the NFC East Division leaders. Not so fast, say a host of Monday morning quarterback sports writers who ignited the latest in a never-ending series of Colin Kaepernick eruptions. If Kaepernick could just get a chance to play for the Redskins or another team in need, the notorious anthem kneeler could save their season. Possibly even lead them on a magical Super Bowl run.
In the aftermath of recent mass shootings, professional teams and athletes are pondering how they can mobilize for gun control. Sports Illustrated writer Alex Prewitt is cheering them on from the press box and offering advice on how they can take the guns out of Americans' hands.
Jemele Hill said it before and she's saying it again: President Donald Trump is still a "white supremacist." Hill got into hot water when, as an employee of ESPN in the fall of 2017, she tweeted that insult. On Thursday's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she told the host she's standing by the accusation.
Media are today tripping over each other to report on this weekend's gay wedding of a former Dallas Cowboys football player. Jeff Rohrer played for Coach Tom Landry's Cowboys in the 1980s, but now he's famous for being the first (known) man ever to play in the NFL and marry another man. The story immediately became political, and Vice President Mike Pence became the anti-hero.
A few days ago, USA Today News & Enterprise Reporter Scott Gleeson made a list of 12 athletes "who would make great politicians." The reasons given for the athletes' political qualifications are in some instances thin to say the least. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of them are progressives, headed up by the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James and including the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich and former Olympic skater Adam Rippon (see photo). Tim Tebow made the list, but as a Christian pro-lifer he's in the minority.
The man who boycotted the 1968 U.S. Olympic basketball team is now using America's virtues and the Constitution to bash Republicans over the head. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is raging at Republicans in the aftermath of the mid-term elections in a Hollywood Reporter commentary titled, "Midterm Election Lessons and How Trump Killed the Magic of the Political Movie." The Democrat suggests that politically themed movies can serve as our political compass and demonstrate the evils of Republicans.
At last a crack in what has been the media's almost universal support for Colin Kaepernick has surfaced. A new Medium blog contributor named Kitanya Harrison has until now been unwavering in her support of the social justice warrior, but she takes a sharp deviation from her past literary praise for Kaepernick to relay troubling information from a reader about the America-hating ex-quarterback. It's that he mistreated women in the past, he is propping up an abuser of women and that Kaepernick and his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, are guilty of ethical improprieties.
His man Beto lost an election Tuesday, but the volatile head coach of the San Antonio Spurs says we now have checks and balances "over government gone amuck." Gregg Popovich, who has harshly criticized President Donald Trump in the past, also calls U.S. Senator Ted Cruz "very scary."
Progressives are often quick to cry "voter suppression!" ̶ even if race-baiters like Jemele Hill have to personally manufacture such claims. Hill told the world via Twitter that she was going to vote in a state that is no longer her place of residence. When she met resistance at her old polling place in Florida, she and a poll worker claimed the "red brigade" and President Donald Trump were trying to deny her the right to cast a ballot.
Democrats just flipped 27 seats and regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but one of the surviving GOP congressmen is already facing renewed heat for a controversy that arose during his campaign. Liberally biased USA Today writer Christine Brennan says it's time to go after Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan again, though he won re-election.
A group of partisan, progressive athletes that includes current social justice warriors, kneeling NFL players, a past Olympic protester and others, has signed a last-minute get-out-the-vote letter. Known as Athletes4Impact, their stated motivation is the struggle against hate and violence. But guess who, in their view, is responsible for all the hate? President Donald J. Trump, of course.
Newsweek's Dan Cancian is outraged that Oakland Raiders' radio voice Brent Musburger "mocked" Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a recent tweet related to the controversy about whether or not she is a descendant of Native Americans. He's not alone; NFL writer Mike Freeman called it "disgusting bigotry" and Yahoo's Jason Owens labels it "ugly politics."
The firing of an African-American NFL coach who won just three of his 40 games is a huge blow to diversity despite his dismal record. This is the reasoning of Jason Reid, senior writer for the ESPN blog that never misses an opportunity to play the race card, The Undefeated.
In her review of LeBron James' Showtime docu-series Shut Up and Dribble, which debuted Saturday night, Vulture.com writer Jen Chaney called it "a big ol’ middle finger to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who uttered the words that give this mini-series its name." The program is produced by the social justice warrior James (shown wearing an "I can't breathe" shirt referencing Eric Garner who died in a 2014 altercation with Staten Island police) and Maverick Carter.