The arenas are empty. The stadiums are silent. There are no sporting events scheduled till further notice. What's a sports media outlet to do? If you're the pot stirring writers at Deadspin, you play the race card by throwing dirt at the Washington football club for its "racist" nickname and at the NFL for STILL not employing the "greatest" quarterback ever ignored by the league ― Colin "I love Cuba, hate America" Kaepernick.
The recently revived Deadspin's new arrival, Carron J. Phillips, says Washington football club ("Redskins" is the name leftist weenies dare not speak) owner Dan Snyder "finally did something right." Phillips sneers:
"Washington’s NFL team has teamed up with local health departments to convert the team’s parking lot into a screening station for COVID-19.
"It’s the first good decision made by team owner Dan Snyder in maybe…forever."
On Saturday, the Maryland National Guard set up tents and hand-washing stations in the club's parking lot. This is ironic because Snyder is the most ridiculed owner in sports, Phillips says. He's made some baaaaaad football decisions, and the team's unspoken nickname is a racist slur and a blight on humanity. But the Washington football club is the first pro sports team to step up and provide a possible solution to the spread of COVID-19.
"So excuse us if we’re a little taken by this moment," Phillips writes. "However, it’s time to give credit where credit is due, which is why Snyder should be applauded for his decision."
Now that Snyder has done something right thing for once, "maybe his next move will be to finally get rid of the worst/most racist nickname and logo in sports. No team should have a racist slur as its name," Phillips concludes.
Chuck Modiano, a former New York Daily News colleague of Phillips' at the intersection of sports and social justice, and now a teammate at Deadspin, dredged up Kaepernick as filler for the sports void.
In a post appearing at the very top of the Deadspin home page, Modiano airs the complaints of African Americans who lost family members in altercations with police. Kaepernick stood up for — well actually he kneeled for ― them. And they're steamed that he's not playing in the NFL.
"For families that have lost loved ones to police violence, Colin Kaepernick’s stance—and the owner’s collusion to blackball him—is deeply personal," Modiano writes. "Alton Sterling’s family has always felt connected to Kaepernick in a special way."
Sterling was shot by police in Baton Rouge in 2016. Kaepernick responded on social media, declaring: "This is what lynchings look like in 2016! When will they be held accountable?” And now this is the sports void filler we get along with re-runs of 1980s ACC basketball games and athletes juggling toilet paper?
"Nearly four years later, there has been no justice," Modiano writes. And Kaepernick is still sidelined (no doubt gleefully counting the millions he's making from Nike and a court settlement reached with the NFL after he sued the league).
Sterling's aunt, Veda Sterling, went off on NFL owners, on Modiano's Deadspin platform:
“I think it’s crazy they won’t let (Kaepernick) play. I don’t follow sports like that, but I do know this: I know they’re all trash.
“They don’t care about anything. They care about money. That’s all they care about. They don’t care about the people. They don’t care about Alton and they still don’t care about Alton. They don’t care about black people, period. They never have and they never will”
Deadspin was literally dead from October until two weeks ago, when it was resurrected with a new bunch of social justice warriors who refuse to get it through their thick skulls that Kaepernick isn't coming back and the Redskins name is here to stay.