Only one man of color got a head coaching job in the NFL's recent round of hires, proving to The Undefeated's senior NFL writer that the league has a "white is right" mentality. Furthermore, Jason Reid writes that league owners could not care less about inclusive hiring.
The recent hiring of three white NFL head coaches has led to an outbreak of complaints by minority media, notably panelists on ESPN's First Take program and Roland Martin of Unfiltered: The Daily Digital Show. In their complaints against African Americans not getting any of these head coaching jobs, the media called for various levels of controls and legal means to stop the NFL for what Martin calls blatant "whiteness."
ESPN First Take yell man Stephen A. Smith is under fire for making a mockery of journalism ethics. On Friday, The Root writer Stephen A. Crockett Jr. joined in with Jemele Hill's Twitter criticisms of Smith for secretly working with Jay-Z to arrange last month's failed NFL workout for Colin Kaepernick. Crockett and Hill, a writer for The Atlantic, are giving Smith no mercy.
“Wake up, kick ass, repeat.” This is a slogan hand-painted on a sign in a redshirt-sophomore’s bedroom; three simple lines that have inspired millions across the country. Thursday, Casey O’Brien received the “Disney Spirit Award” at the College Football Awards ceremony in Atlanta, aired on ESPN.
We're feeling festive and generous in this Christmas season and want to "honor" those in sports media who went below and beyond the call of duty to distinguish themselves for dubious reasons in 2019. Sports media and current and former athletes embarrassed themselves by stumbling and bumbling into politics, social justice, race, biology and other areas.
They do the math and the eyeball tests differently at The Undefeated, the race-baiting ESPN blog. Until Tuesday, there were three African American head coaches and one Latino head coach in the NFL. That day the Carolina Panthers canned Latino head coach Ron Rivera and named African American Perry Fewell the interim coach, upping the number of black head coaches in the league from three to four. It's not rocket science here, but The Undefeated claims this coaching move makes the NFL "whiter."
Myles Garrett made huge headlines last week when he hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Mason Rudolf, with his own helmet during a fight at the end of the Thursday Night Football game.
Prior to Saturday's unprecedented, privileged NFL workout for Colin Kaepernick, sports media made their "final arguments" to the court of public opinion. Max Kellerman of the ESPN First Take program and Jarrett Bell of USA Today shilled for the return of the man who's been in exile and who's broken no rules or laws. First Take's Stephen A. Smith said the NFL doesn't owe Kaepernick anything, but asserted racism was involved in teams' decisions not to employ the former San Francisco quarterback..
ESPN has always been friendly turf for Colin Kaepernick and that was especially true on Wednesday, the day after news came out about the radical former pro quarterback/anthem kneeler getting an NFL tryout this Saturday. The First Take and Around The Horn programs passed around plenty of Kaepernick Kool-Aid.
Last week LeBron James caught considerable flak from the Right and the Left for condemning Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who on Oct. 4, tweeted support for the freedom protesters in Hong Kong. Coming to James' defense on The Undefeated blog is David Dennis Jr., an adjunct professor of Journalism at Morehouse College, who says attacks on "King" James are actually attempts to undermine the social justice efforts of black athletes in America.
After the Washington Mystics won the WNBA title last week, Martenzie Johnson took to the ESPN blog, The Undefeated, to declare that athletes who are heavily into social justice activism are not distractions, but champions. The WNBA is considered the most far Left league in American sports, and the mouthy Mystics are one of the most socially active teams in that league.
The NBA isn't the only organization drawing criticism for the China-Daryl Morey controversy. ESPN now looks like the Worldwide Leader In Sports Compromisers, as its television commentators treat the controversy with kid gloves. Deadspin's Laura Wagner points out that ESPN has a working agreement with Tencent, a large Chinese internet company that covers the NBA, and may not want to anger its partners.