A year ago, ESPN's SportsCenter broadcasts were so far to the Left side of the political ledger that critics aptly dubbed it "Woke Center." Since then, the rebranded "SC6" and its co-hosts/social justice warriors Jemele Hill and Michael Smith have moved on, and new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro says he wants no politics on ESPN air. This was the prompt for Ben Strauss's Washington Post story, "ESPN Wants to Make 'SportsCenter' Great Again."
Healthy quarterbacks in the nation's capital are dropping like flies, and Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Monday the team actually discussed Colin Kaepernick. But after the team passed (again) on the renegade free agent and signed "Journeyman" Josh Johnson (see photo), ESPN First Take panelists discussed why the radical kneeler missed out on another potential job in the NFL. Damien Woody and Max Kellerman started off with surface-level Kaepernick blather, but Stephen A. Smith soon raised the stakes.
At the close of November's observance of Native American Heritage Month, a self-appointed spokesman for Native Americans has delivered the latest attack on the Washington Redskins' nickname. Julian Brave Noisecat, who's associated with open borders advocate Jorge Ramos, writes on The Undefeated blog, "Washington's football luck won't change until the team's mascot does." His attempt to speak for all Native Americans flies in the face of a 2016 Washington Post poll that revealed 90 percent of Native Americans are "not bothered" by the NFL team's nickname.
Jemele Hill said it before and she's saying it again: President Donald Trump is still a "white supremacist." Hill got into hot water when, as an employee of ESPN in the fall of 2017, she tweeted that insult. On Thursday's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she told the host she's standing by the accusation.
The firing of an African-American NFL coach who won just three of his 40 games is a huge blow to diversity despite his dismal record. This is the reasoning of Jason Reid, senior writer for the ESPN blog that never misses an opportunity to play the race card, The Undefeated.
Much has been said in recent years (including charges of racism) about the declining number of African-Americans playing Major League Baseball (note photo of Yankees' CC Sabathia, right, and teammate in photo). The Undefeated sports blog is running a story about a former MLB manager suggesting a hair-brained idea to change that―an all-black team. William C. Rhoden, author of the story, calls it a "great idea." The EEOC would surely disagree!
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett took heaps of abuse this past week for opting to punt on fourth-and-one during last Sunday's 19-16 overtime loss to Houston. This weekend, former NFL cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who now writes about racism in sports for ESPN's social justice blog, The Undefeated, made Garrett the poster boy for white privilege at the expense of African-Americans unable to secure jobs as head coaches and general managers in the NFL.
Multi-millionaire football player Eric Reid (see photo) is back in the National Football League and shooting off the kind of anti-American remarks that would make his old kneeling buddy, Colin Kaepernick, proud. In Jason Reid's story on The Undefeated, Eric Reid says America's 400-year history of racism continues, African-Americans lack economic opportunity and "You can’t live in your own house in America without getting killed."
Jemele Hill's race-baiting forum is open for business once again now that she's joined the staff of The Atlantic magazine. As a writer and podcast hostess, she'll cover "the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture," says the leftist magazine's editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg in a Twitter announcement Monday. Make that "sports lite."
When Capital University junior wide receiver Wyatt Pertuset hauled in a touchdown pass in a game played Sept. 1, the scoreboard operator added six points to his team's point total. To ESPN's Bob Ley, this "blessing" from God could just as well have been 50 points. Pertuset had become the first openly gay college football player to score a touchdown. SBNation's Outsports blog might have scored it even higher.
Mark Knight is a veteran cartoonist for the Melbourne, Australia Herald Sun who's made a career of portraying his subjects in caricature. That's how he portrayed tennis star Serena Williams after the tennis superstar's U.S. Open outburst last week. The ever-predictable Left-stream media aggressively went for Knight's "racist" jugular. For example, a Washington Post headline declared it a racist cartoon, and Lonnae O’Neal, a senior writer at The Undefeated, and others accused Knight of portraying the African-American Williams as an enraged behemoth, Aunt Jemima, three-fifths of a human being.
If you thought The Undefeated sports section was about athletics, you've gone to the wrong place. It's about racism ... all the time. This past weekend you could pull up The Undefeated to read about LeBron James' (see file photo from ESPN interview) history of discomfort with white people and learn how equality is only a "theoretical concept" for African-Americans. Writer Justin Tinsley alleges that James has moved past his racial bitterness, but it's hard to determine how he comes to such a conclusion.