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ESPN is eating crow -- Jim Crow -- and enduring the humiliation of its fellow race-baiting rivals, many of them crowing about its racial insensitivity. The Worldwide Leader in Sports is apologizing for a segment in a 28-hour marathon in which an auctioneer "sold" NFL players. The headshot photos of black and white players were attached to popsicle sticks, and drew criticism on social media that the auctions were too similar to the slave auctions of olden times.
The big boys and girls at Disney have come up with a novel idea. They plan to launch two new streaming ventures, one family-oriented and the other for ESPN. This new Netflix-style version of ESPN will stream 10,000 hours of live sports annually that isn't available now on ESPN cable channels. The sports menu would include baseball, hockey and soccer, along with Grand Slam tennis and a lot of college sports.
Writing on The Undefeated blog site today, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says that in light of current events the question has switched from who will stand up with Colin Kaepernick to "who could possibly stand against" the ex-quarterback. And who plays the villain to his hero? President Trump, of course.
Colin Kaepernick's protest during the 2016 NFL season is on the verge of getting dwarfed. This weekend's start of NFL preseason games and the left-stream media narrative that President Trump failed to "condemn far-right demonstrators" at Charlottesville has ignited a heightened new state of athlete protests.
Earlier this week, The Undefeated blogsite conducted a push poll on Colin Kaepernick disguised as a man-on-the-street interview, and it didn't go as well as the libs had hoped. The ESPN affiliate is backing Kaepernick's anti-American protests 100 percent and obviously hoped to use random people to support its cause.
Not even the left-stream media can keep a good man down. Viciously attacked by liberal sports media in the spring for receiving a minor league baseball contract from the New York Mets, Tim Tebow is now winning them over by proving he is a legitimate professional baseball player. He's also gaining applause for hitting a homer for an ailing boy in Babe Ruthian style.
It matters not whether one is a Super Bowl champion like Tom Brady or a lesser quarterback like Jay Cutler. If you support President Donald Trump, the sports media will disparage you for guilt by association. Brady experienced this for several months, and now that Miami passed over media favorite Colin Kaepernick for Jay Cutler, the latter is prime for criticism.
Still unsigned football free agent, Colin Kaepernick has a new apologist -- a law professor and Islamaphobia researcher. One of the most outlandish and indefensible attacks on the NFL comes in an error-filled diatribe by Khaled Beydoun, a law professor at the Universit of Detroit Mercy and also a senior affiliated faculty with the University of California-Berkeley Islmaophobia Research and Documentation Project.
Colin Kaepernick finally, finally has a glimmer of hope. Baltimore and Miami urgently need a quarterback and progressives in the media are jumping over each about what a great fit he'd be for either team. But, according to progressive Dave Zirin of The Nation, there's a "Trump apologist" standing in his way. It's simply amazing how much power the president of the United States and his friends suddenly have over personnel decisions in the NFL!
Colin Kaepernick's desperate apologists have made just about every conceivable accusation about why their man isn't employed in the NFL. Shaun King of the New York Daily News, who forgets that two months ago he announced his own personal boycott of the NFL because Kaepernick is unsigned, now says it's "unChristian" that the "cultural superhero in the black community" is still a free agent. Who's preaching this kind of "faith"? President Donald J. Trump and his supporters, of course!
Baltimore is now ground zero for the “Kaepernicks” – aka his defenders in the Left-stream media who are desperately advocating for some NFL team, any team, to sign him to a contract. They’re pressuring the Ravens to sign the Social Justice Warrior, not so much for his potential to throw touchdown passes and help the team win games, but more because Baltimore and America can “use his voice.”
Growing more impatient with each passing day of NFL training camp, Colin Kaepernick apologists in the media are now pitching their "entitlement tent" in Baltimore. There, the Ravens are razor thin at the quarterback position, and these media believe the team owes Kaepernick a rich contract.
Another NFL team signs an obscure backup quarterback not named Colin Kaepernick and another Left-stream media member is unhinged. This time it was the Baltimore Ravens signing the unheralded David Olson that pushed ESPN's Jemele Hill over the edge.
Dan Steinberg of the ultra-Left Washington Post, has written about former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, easily the most courageous conservative among the 100 people laid off in April. What I took away from his story is that if you're a conservative in the media, it's an "awakening" and you'll draw negative headlines and you don't deserve any credit for being courageous.
Another pillar of the Obama Administration fell today when President Trump banned transgenders from serving in the U.S. military, and two former athletes are crying foul in The Washington Post. Des Bieler gave former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce (nee Caitlyn) Jenner and retired NBA sharpshooter Ray Allen a forum for blasting the president today.
To the left-stream media, when it comes to social issues every coin has only one side. As a revived bathroom bill winds its way through the Texas Legislature, media activists are going into hyper-drive to fight it for their LGBT allies.
America is a sports-crazy nation, but you certainly can’t tell that by ESPN’s television ratings anymore. If losing to the Teletubbies in viewership ratings isn’t a repudiation of the so-called “world leader in sports and entertainment,” I don’t know what is.
It started Monday as a simple suggestion by former NFL quarterback Michael Vick that free agent Colin Kaepernick might rehabilitate his image with the league by cutting his afro. Now it's erupted into a war of words between ESPN and Fox Sports 1's Jason Whitlock, who called his former employer the "PC, Safe Space Network."
Retired NFL quarterback Michael Vick continues to draw backlash for his comments Monday that it would be in Colin Kaepernick’s best interests to clip his hair and become more “presentable.” SB Nation writer Tyler Tynes posted one of the strongest disagreements yet by claiming that Vick is advocating for “respectability politics” and white oppression.
Colin Kaepernick's Afro hairstyle is all the media rage today. Perhaps, not since the musical "Hair" opened on Broadway in 1968 has the media made so much of someone's hairstyle. On Monday, retired football star Michael Vick said it would be a good idea for Kaepernick to sharpen up his image by cutting his hair and making himself more "presentable" to potential NFL suitors. Indignant Left-stream media erupted with disapproval, and Kaepernick himself tweeted a strong response.