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.
In the wake of President Trump’s comments about professional athletes kneeling during the National Anthem, sports commentator Charles Barkley appeared on CBS’s NFL Today where he attacked Trump supporters in his home state of Alabama shortly before kickoff on Sunday. Trump’s original comments on NFL players kneeling came during a campaign rally for Alabama Senator Luther Strange.
Stripped of NCAA Tournament basketball games because of its new public bathroom law, the State of North Carolina bore the brunt of heavy criticism Thursday from well-known sports figures. The law requires people to use the public bathroom of their birth gender. Conservatives say the law is needed to protect women and girls from predators, but LGBT activists want people to be able to choose their restroom based on “gender identity.”
The Root, an online news site that claims to provide commentary from a “variety” of African-American perspectives, is apparently none too pleased about the perspective of one particular African-American, who is about to get his own TV show.
The last NBA player to deliver the “Kiss of Death,” was Mario Elie of the Houston Rockets. Who in 1995, nailed the critical 3-pointer to complete the Rockets comeback, and eventual elimination of the Phoenix Suns.
That was the last true “Kiss of Death” that was kissed in the NBA. Until this morning.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has aggressively attacked those who support Indiana's religious freedom law and on Thursday night he brought on Charles Barkley to slime Christians as "religious nuts." The former NBA player, who is from Alabama originally, sneered, "All these rednecks hide behind the Bible. That's what they do. That's one of the reason the south is behind in everything. They always hide behind the Bible. It's strictly about discrimination."
Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are all basketball legends in their own right, but it’s not what they’ve done on the court that’s earning them headlines these days, it’s what they’ve said off the courts that’s getting all the attention.
Barkley told Sports Ilustrated said if he could meet anyone today, it would be Jordan’s King Abdullah II because of his response to ISIS burning alive the captured Jordanian pilot, Muath Al-Kaseasbeh on video. He said he wished Obama was like that:
Former NBA great Charles Barkley is making headlines again with some recent negative comments he made about the Ferguson rioters and the media coverage of them.
When Barkley’s comments were brought up on Fox News Channel’s The Five, former Democratic campaign manager Bob Beckel criticized Barkley’s commentary almost calling it self-serving: “He has not seen a poor neighborhood in 20 years, number one,” Beckel said.
Much as liberals attacked conservative talk radio host Larry Elder for his comments about this issue Wednesday, Twitter exploded with vulgar racial epithets towards Cosby and Barkley Thursday (extreme vulgarity warning):
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley made some stunning comments concerning the George Zimmerman trial Thursday.
Appearing on CNBC’s Closing Bell, Barkley not only said that he agreed with the verdict, but also that when it comes to race, “I don’t think the media has a pure heart…A lot of these people have a hidden agenda” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
The Olympic Games, which begin this week, is an exhibition of the sportsmanship, teamwork, and the competitive spirit that make sports so enjoyable. But for many in the media, sports is just another excuse to engage in divisive political commentary. The sports media transform an apolitical past-time into a forum for their own politics.
... which proves one thing, namely that attorney and "Ring of Fire" radio show cohost Mike Papantonio doesn't read The Huffington Post.
How can you tell you're dealing with someone whose politics could not be more obviously, obliviously liberal? When he or she denies being liberal. Conservatives, on the other hand, don't scurry from their conservatism. (audio clips after page break)