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Sunday's Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto was one of the most politicized games in league history. Former president Barack Obama was in attendance and drew his adoring media pals away from sports and into political partisanship. And the circus also included Golden State Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr pushing gun control before and after his team's victory.
On Friday night, for the first time ever, a rainbow flag flew alongside the American flag on LGBT Pride Night at Dodger Stadium. Across the country in Wisconsin, another baseball team called strike 3 on Chick-Fil-A and banished the Christian-owned business from its premises. The LGBT blog Outsports is celebrating both events.
The man being interviewed said the president has crossed the line, that his movement is gun control and that we need people to vote in good conscience, not some crazy people who think their freedom is tied to owning an AR-15. He wasn't a politico appearing on Mess NBC. No, he's Steve Kerr, a would-be gun grabber and head coach of the NBA's defending champion Golden State Warriors. The man doing the interview was Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury-News, who had no intention of sticking to sports.
Tim Tebow's haters are out with the long knives again. Their attacks are personal, petty and pathetic, and it's not just because he can't hit AAA pitching. Deadspin blogger Tom Ley ridiculed Tebow's abstinence until marriage beliefs and called him a coward. Ted Berg, of For The Win, laughingly reveled over Tebow's poor batting statistics. In addition, Barstool Sports's "Clem" mocked Tebow and the Bible.
While criticizing LeBron James for teaming up with Walmart to fight hunger, The Nation magazine's sports editor Dave Zirin labeled President Donald Trump and Fox News racists. He called James a heroic athlete-activist who's done great things, but says Walmart is exacerbating the problems of hunger and poverty.
By the time a new law banning Indian nicknames at public schools in Maine takes effect later this year, it will affect absolutely no one. The only remaining public school with an Indian mascot voted it out prior to this law taking effect. The hollow law will merely stand as a hallmark to political correctness, celebrated by CNN.com and the Democrat governor and lawmakers promoting their feel-good folly.
In an NBC Today Show interview and with a supportive report by Newsweek magazine, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver earlier this week boasted of the league's progressive activism. Silver expressed support for gender quotas and Black Lives Matter and directed negatives toward President Donald Trump's policies. Today Show host Craig Melvin interviewed Silver and Benjamin Fearnow wrote about it on Newsweek's website.
Basketball legend-turned-activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is calling for abortion supporters to inflict economic pain on the states affirming human life with new laws. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, the former Lakers' "showtime" star now says it's "boycott time." Abdul-Jabbar accuses President Donald Trump and white Christians of reducing women to "baby incubators."
Lo and behold, sticking to sports is good for media business! We told you so, ESPN. Now you're admitting your detractors were spot on. By cutting back on politics and social justice, The Worldwide Leader in Sports is noticing reduced self-inflicted bleeding. Upon taking the job as ESPN President last year, Jimmy Pitaro called for a cease-fire in politics and the network is experiencing a mild resurgence. Funny how that happens!
Officials of the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation said they were duped when a biological male registered for the recent women's competition in Charlottesville. The federation eventually stripped "Mary" Gregory of the world records he set that night, and now, according to a one-sided story by the Washington Post's sympathetic reporter Rick Maese, he is mystified that the governing organization insists on recognizing athletes by their birth gender.
On Sunday, Chick-fil-A was the victim of another left-stream media smear over its Christian convictions. Outsports, a propaganda blog for all things LGBTQ, demeaned Chick-fil-A as "the nation’s favorite purveyors of fast food chicken and faith-based discrimination" for donating money to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
From historically black colleges and universities (HCBU) to the major leagues, baseball is playing the race card, says The Shadow League's race-baiter extraordinaire Carron J. Phillips. African Americans aren't welcome in baseball, and the game hasn't made any real improvements in race relations ― in Philips' jaded perception.
Get woke, America! Carron J. Phillips, an SJW sports writer for The Shadow League who's incensed about Georgia's new heartbeat law, wants you to get angry, too. Phillips is astounded that conservatives consider abortion murder, says the world is now alarmingly close to "The Handmaid's Tale" and America is doing a repeat of the injustice of Dr. Larry Nassar, who, for years, got away with sexually abusing members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team.
Lesbian and ESPN The Magazine Body issue model Megan Rapinoe is taking the SJW baton from Colin Kaepernick and giving President Donald Trump an ongoing middle finger. A pro soccer star and member of the U.S. National Team, Rapinoe tells Yahoo Sports's Henry Bushnell her play will serve as an “F you” to the Trump administration.
Retired NBA career scoring champ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is back on the attack with yet another stinging rebuke of conservatives in a commentary appearing in The Guardian. Abdul-Jabbar says he is a gun owner and "this is not a finger-wagging creed demanding the banning of all firearms." But before he's through with his latest diatribe, he's demanding legislative controls on who should be allowed to own a gun.
The idea that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election has been debunked. However, according to The Atlantic's Jemele Hill, he did carry out the racist dirty work for the 17th president of the United States, Democrat Andrew Johnson. Johnson swore that his government would be grounded in white supremacy, and she claims Trump has now made that a reality.
The racially insensitive Redmen, Chippewas and Fighting Sioux have been vanquished the PC powers that govern college sports, and now college PC birdbrains are fabricating charges of racism against innocuous mascots. Cal State-Long Beach doomed Prospector Pete to a death sentence earlier this spring, and not to be done, Long Island University Brooklyn, is pecking its "Blackbirds" mascot to death.
The idea of actually covering sports has become so passé for two iconic sports media organizations that they've devolved into a lusty competition to determine which can one-down the other in so-called artistic nudity. ESPN presents full buff arrays of athletes "performing" their respective sport, and Sports Illustrated is pulling out every PC trick in the book -- hijabs and burkinis, painted ladies and politically correct subjects bearing virtue messages on their naked flesh -- to gain attention. All in the name of progressive art moving sport and society forward toward the nirvana of diversity.
President Donald Trump divided the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox along racial lines. That's a recurring narrative of media reports on today's visit by the baseball champs to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With most of the team's African-American and Latin players back in Boston boycotting the celebration, media referred to those present as the "white sox." Critical media also chastised the Trump White House for a tweet referring to the "Red Socks" and a reference to the 2018 "World Cup Series Champions.
Just hours after the deadly school shooting in Colorado Tuesday, the coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets called for gun control. Then Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla joined in the call, declaring, "We love our guns more than we love our children" and demanding "the change" that translates to gun control.