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.
Stephen Curry of the NBA Golden State Warriors fired the first shot Friday when he said he would not attend a celebration for the team at the White House. Speaking that night at a GOP campaign rally in Alabama, President Trump diverted from politics to protesters:
Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag? Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!
Saturday morning President Trump tweeted that a White House invite for Curry and his teammates was off the table:
Going to the White House is a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore the invitation is withdrawn!
Naturally, social media erupted as athletes, media and others unloaded everything they had on the president. NFL and NBA players reacted in anger. Both commissioners spoke out. The Warriors issued a statement.
LeBron James called the president a "bum." NBA star Chris Paul tweeted: "With everything that's going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who's kneeling and visiting the White House???" Former NBA player Baron Davis tweeted:
The Oakland Athletics' Bruce Maxwell became the first baseball player to kneel during the national anthem. And left-stream media predicted massive anthem protests for today's NFL games. The number of players kneeling before today's games increased substantially, but far more players stood.
Roy Williams, a liberal and coach of the national basketball champion North Carolina Tar Heels, said Saturday his team will not visit the White House.
Adam Kilgore and Abby Phillip of The Washington Post wrote:
President Trump turned professional sports into a political battleground Friday night into Saturday, directing full-throated ire toward African American athletes who have spoken out against him and prompting a sharp rebuttal from the National Football League and several prominent sports figures, including the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem .
... Trump ensnared and agitated the most powerful sports league in North America and angered NBA superstars Stephen Curry and LeBron James. His comments set the stage for potential mass protest Sunday along NFL sidelines.
In The Post article, Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, “This is the biggest white guy in the world trying to take on black America in total."
Christine Brennan, USAToday sports-writer, wrote:
By unleashing his own despicable brand of fire and fury against the National Football League and the First Amendment rights of its players Friday night, President Donald Trump exhibited his failure to grasp the lesson every schoolyard bully learned long ago: Don’t pick on the football players.
Brennan added that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith did what few are willing to do:
They stood up to Trump, calling him out Saturday morning for what can only be described as a pathetic lack of leadership.
Some media ripped Trump over his weekend remarks. Others went well beyond just the events of this weekend, stooping to appalling lows by going far off-topic:
Guilt by Association
Though nine team owners criticized the President, The Washington Post's Phillip and Kilgore mentioned that seven NFL team owners have donated $7 million to the president for one purpose or another.
Terence Cullen of The New York Daily News went much further than that, posting a photo of all seven of these owners and writing 2-3 paragraphs on each.
These seven men and their donations have nothing to do with the war of words between athletes and the president. This is nothing but a cheap shot and an effort to pad their case against Trump by throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Trump.
Athletes Get a Pass on Vulgarity
The Cleveland Cavaliers' superstar LeBron James is considered a "leader" in the NBA and the city of Cleveland, but he acted like a punk, not a professional when he tweeted this to the president of the United States:
The left-stream media is not calling him out, not saying he acted unprofessionally. James obviously believes Trump acted wrongly, but the old adage "two wrongs don't make a right" is true.
The same is true for Lesean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills:
Maxwell responded to someone's tweet with: "Yeah, f--- this guy!"
If it weren't for double standards the left-stream media would have no standards at all. We all know what would have happened if a white athlete had gone vulgar on Barack Obama for the Fast and Furious, Solyndra or any of his other scandals. The outcry of "racism!" would have been deafening.
Leave No Birtherism Behind
The Washington Post article stooped to ridiculous lengths when it dredged up Trump's past skepticism that Barack Obama was born in the U.S., not that it has one iota of anything to do with the bickering between the president and athletes. Veering off-topic is no way to win a debate:
For years as a private citizen, Trump was the most vocal proponent of the falsehood that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, a racially tinged conspiracy theory that thrived in fringe corners of the right. And during the presidential campaign, he was accused by his opponents of using his social media account to amplify anti-Semitic and racist voices.
"St. Colin Kaepernick's" Name Invoked
CNN's Chris Cilliza wrote: "The president appeared to be referring to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last year began kneeling during the national anthem to draw attention to unjustified killings of black men by law enforcement."
USA Today's Brennan worships at the altar of St. Colin, too:
Let it be noted that Trump mustered more anger Friday over Kaepernick’s personal decision to not stand for the anthem than he did for the neo-Nazis and white Supremacists who marched in Charlottesville’s deadly protest last month.
And this is as good a time as any to mention that Kaepernick is reported to be very close to completing his goal of donating $1 million to charity.
Left-stream media and some of the NFL protesters insist that they are not dishonoring veterans or the national anthem, but if it's not about the national anthem or the sacrifices made by veterans, then why do these protests during the national anthem? Many a good man died in war zones just to keep our flag flying.
Today's Jacksonville-Baltimore game in London shot down the "not about the anthem/veterans" argument. More than a dozen players from the two teams kneeled during the Star Spangled Banner but stood for the UK's "God Save the Queen." Nothing like America hating on foreign soil. Furthermore, the Pittsburgh Steelers refused to come out of the locker room for the national anthem in Chicago. More than 30 Denver Broncos knelt. The protests were only minimal in weeks one and two, but much larger today. Still, the majority of players stood. Fans pelted the protesters with boos in several stadiums.
Media almost gleefully predicted a significant proliferation of NFL anthem protests today, but failed to consider the consequences. Today's increased activism may ignite an even stronger backlash among potential ticket buyers and a loss of TV viewers among fans who were already fed up with the politicization of sports. In a season when TV ratings are already down, too. Be careful what you wish for, left-stream media!
The Race Card, of Course!
President Trump never mentioned skin color or race during his comments in Alabama, but leftist media and angry athletes are all talking about the racial overtones they've conjured up in their fertile imaginations.
CNN's Chris Cilliza said it worst in a story headlined "The dark racial sentiment in Trump's NBA and NFL criticism":
The thing is: We don't live in a color-blind society. Slavery sits at the founding roots of America. The goal of racial equality remains a goal, not an achievement. To pretend otherwise is to willfully blind yourself to hundreds years of history. Even more context darkens the picture for Trump. He played at racially coded language throughout his presidential campaign. He also displayed a stunningly simplistic view of the black community.
Todd Starnes, of Fox News, wrote an editorial telling the Golden State Warriors "President Trump honors winners, not whiners":
Trump was responding to Curry's disrespectful and classless comments about the president and his hesitation on attending the traditional visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Does Curry have a problem with defending American sovereignty, securing the border, protecting our people from radical Islam and making America great again?
It's about time the president stands up to a bunch of overpaid, petulant brats whose only discernible life skill is to play with balls.