When the media won't stick to sports, it doesn't necessarily mean they're focusing on politics and social justice. Sometimes they find all three too boring to bother with, and that's when you get Thursday night's disgusting, juvenile Inside the NBA on TNT. And Sports Illustrated's pathetic admiration for that cultural rot on Friday.
Ready for a really bad joke? Read Sports Illustrated's "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL's First Century." It's an exercise in political correctness, if not downright zaniness. Malcontent Colin Kaepernick not only made the list, but is the cover photo as well. Several people on the list never set foot on an NFL playing field, and it's apparent the SI staff had ulterior motives behind their bizarre, PC selection process.
On his Sports Illustrated podcast Tuesday, host Jimmy Traina attempted to excuse away outrageous remarks made by ESPN's Dan Le Batard last Thursday. Le Batard bashed President Trump over the "send them home" political rally and ripped his ESPN employer for its no-politics policy. Podcast guest Andrew Marchand, sports columnist for the New York Post, disagreed with Traina.
Earlier this week, the co-hosts of the Sports Illustrated Now program championed the NBA as a progressive league and red flagged former player and coach Mark Jackson's aspirations to coach again because he's a Christian. Jackson compiled a winning record in three seasons as coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014, and this week a current member of the team suggested Jackson is being blackballed by the NBA because of past citations of the Bible on sexuality.
Many people celebrate pregnancies for obvious reasons: pregnancy means the creation of new life. But for others, pregnancy is treated like a curse -- a disease that ruins women’s bodies. This prevalent disdain was made especially explicit when Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes announced her pregnancy. In a Fox News interview, Hoopes stated that she was surprised by her followers’ disdain, but this pregnancy hate follows naturally from pro-abortion sentiments.
Move over, Sports Illustrated ― for "Transgender Illustrated." SI writer Dan Greene just joined the growing list of media promoting transgenders in sports with his feature on Nyla Rose, the first transgender person to join a major American professional wrestling organization.
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.
Special Olympics (SO) not only does a great job of providing programs for the mentally and physically impaired, but also excels at fundraising from non-government sources. SO raises 90 percent of its funding, but when U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed ending federal funding, ESPN and Sports Illustrated pushed back hard against the Trump Administration.
"The information universe is in a state of constant evolution, but the sports background of any controversial figure is almost always irrelevant." This statement appears at the end of Tim Layden's hypocritical Sports Illustrated criticism of acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker (appearing in photograph) and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The ironic thing is that Layden specifically focused on the sports background of both men. The appalling thing is that Layden lumps the sports backgrounds of Whitaker and Kavanaugh in with those of despicable criminals — a rapist and a terrorist.
Kudos to Sports Illustrated.for coming up with a creative new awards ceremony format in which a real-life heroine is introduced by the actress who played her on TV. That’s the only possible rationale for having Christine Blasey Ford involved in a ceremony honoring Rachel Denhollander.
For a few years now, social justice activism has been used to determine Sports Illustrated's "Sportsperson of the Year" award. The Golden State Warriors' entire team is this year's winner, and though they've won three NBA championships in the last four years, that simple fact didn't seem to weigh heavily into SI's decision. "Matters beyond basketball" did, according to Alaa Abdeldaiem, a breaking news writer at SI.
In the aftermath of recent mass shootings, professional teams and athletes are pondering how they can mobilize for gun control. Sports Illustrated writer Alex Prewitt is cheering them on from the press box and offering advice on how they can take the guns out of Americans' hands.