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Danger, Will Robinson! All is not well in the NFL's inner sanctum. The surge in protests last weekend' has not emboldened the social justice warriors, owners or the league commissioner as the media would have you believe. Many of them are more concerned than ever about the potentially disastrous repercussions of an unpopular player revolt.
Last weekend's unparalleled level of protest around the NFL was not acceptable to David Steele, of The Sporting News. More than 100 players dishonored America by kneeling during the national anthem and many more players, along with some owners, stood and linked arms. Steele said these activities were too long on unity and too short on police brutality.
From the battlefields of Afghanistan to the sidelines of the National Football League, Americans love true patriots. Like Anthony Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger and who, on Sunday, stood alone among the Pittsburgh Steelers in honoring America. You can put Los Angeles Dodgers' Manager Dave Roberts in the same category.
NFL protests have given left-stream media a newfound "appreciation" of patriotism and the Constitution. Media covering this movement suffer from selective amnesia about U.S. history, however. Slate's John Legend is a protest apologist and historical revisionist as well who strains credibility.
North Korea's madman dictator is threatening to nuke people off the face of the earth, but angry, vulgar, leftist athletes in America and their media apologists have been firing verbal warheads at the president of the United States all weekend.
Leftist liberal Democrats, with their social justice activism, are ruining the National Football League, Rush Limbaugh said on Thursday's Excellence in Broadcasting radio program. The NFL will never be what it once was, said America's truth detector.
In view of the "tweetstorm" at ESPN over Jemele Hill's recent charge that President Trump and his supporters are white supremacists, Curt Schilling's appearance on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program tonight could not have been more timely. The former baseball all-star and ex-ESPN baseball analyst said he's not surprised at all that the sports network which fired him let Hill skate free after her incendiary comments.
In a 37-minute podcast oozing with red meat from the Left, The Nation's Dave Zirin actually criticized two icons of the far Left: ESPN and a union, along with the obligatory attacks on President Trump. The program also featured and an interview with a social justice warrior advocating against "toxic masculinity."
Many African-American sports media are now changing their avatars to the face of Jemele Hill to show support for the ESPN broadcaster who tweeted last week that President Trump and his supporters are "white supremacists." In a Sports Illustrated survey of Black media supporting Hill, Mike Freeman of The Bleacher Report was the most vehement in his disagreement with ESPN management that Hill crossed the line.
Tyler Tynes is a staff writer for the liberal blog SB Nation whose beat is sticking to the intersection of race, politics and sports. In other words, his livelihood depends on race hustling. Along with a few like-minded friends, Tynes just marched from Charlottesville to D.C. to "combat forms of white supremacy, inflamed by the presidency, which they see a resurgence of in this country."
"We are not a political organization," begins ESPN's mea culpa. Who knew? "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" certainly had us all fooled! Company President John Skipper issued a "memo" to ESPN employees yesterday admitting the network committed a violation earlier this week when Jemele Hill charged the president and his supporters with racism.
Retired baseball player Johnny Damon helped the Yankees and Red Sox win world championships, and he was always a positive and quotable athlete. Today on Fox & Friends he advised ESPN to stick to sports -- a phrase the network loves to hate.
To ESPN, co-anchor Jemele Hill's 9/11 Twitter caricature of President Trump and his supporters as "white supremacists" merited only a light tap on the wrist. But officials at the White House today were incensed by the outrageous claims and called for Hill to be terminated by ESPN. Hardcore media lefties went ballistic.
Setting the bar at street level, ESPN's Jemele Hill tweeted yesterday that President Donald Trump is a bigot and the worst president of her lifetime. ESPN responded to her unprofessional, unhinged rant with a light, but public, reprimand.
America's two most liberal newspapers each ran lengthy features on Colin Kaepernick Thursday. Kent Babb's story in the Washington Post quotes an anonymous NFL owner saying no team wants his distraction. John Branch's New York Times' story details how Kaepernick morphed from a mild-mannered tweeter of motivational quotes into a notorious activist.
Reasonable people can agree the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell are deserving of criticism for their mishandling of discipline and the game's ongoing concussion problem. Those are clearly shortcomings for the league. However, The Washington Post's Jerry Brewer, already a confirmed Colin Kaepernick cheerleader, lumps those universal concerns in with the Left's rally for the one man most conspicuous for his absence from the game this season.
ESPN's Rachel Nichols, host of The Jump television show, points to the athletes who have raised millions of dollars for hurricane-ravaged Texas relief efforts as justification for her belief that the "stick to sports" phrase is "absurd" because it is not "caring."
Here's a toast to you, Mean Joe Green and Jack Lambert. These two Pittsburgh Steelers' champions from the 1970s, would not have tolerated the un-American protests spawned by Colin Kaepernick. Their teammate, Franco Harris, told Mediate's John Ziegler so in a podcast interview this week.
Don't be too surprised if Michael Bennett becomes the first NFL player to join the radical, pro-abortion National Organization for Women. He's crusading for women's rights and a whole bunch of other issues that prompted Lois Nam, a writer for ESPN's The Undefeated, to conclude the Seattle Seahawks' defensive end is "an activist disguised as a football player."
NFL on CBS analysts spoke up during today's NFL Media Day on the Colin Kaepernick situation. Bill Cowher, the former Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach, questioned the free agent's desire to play, and retired Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said that NFL teams aren't willing to deal with a backup QB who brings a distraction.