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.
He can't save the Arizona Cardinals from a losing season, but progressive rookie quarterback Josh Rosen wants to save the world from so-called global warming. In Frank Schwab's Yahoo Sports story, Rosen is an Al Gore sound-alike who says the debate on climate change is over and the only question is if the earth will survive with humans on it. Schwab ignored Rosen's politics, but the tactless athlete has also been seen playing golf while wearing an "F Trump" hat -- at the Trump National Golf Club.
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.
Mid-term elections weren't the only American elections making news in November. Since Thursday, NFL fans have had the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite players to appear in the Pro Bowl game in Orlando Jan. 27, 2019. A Twitter campaign by "Resist Programming" is encouraging fans to vote -- gulp! -- for inactive free agent and social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick (center in photo, kneeling with former teammates) as an NFL all-star!
NBC Sports' pro football writer Mike Florio is strongly urging the NFL to admit defeat and settle out of court with the cop-hating Colin Kaepernick. His commenters overwhelmingly disagree with that suggestion, and why wouldn't they? The NFL would be paying millions of dollars to someone who, as yet, has not proven the league's owners colluded to keep him out of the league.
When Washington Redskins' quarterback Alex Smith went down with a nasty, season-ending injury Sunday, all appeared to be lost for the NFC East Division leaders. Not so fast, say a host of Monday morning quarterback sports writers who ignited the latest in a never-ending series of Colin Kaepernick eruptions. If Kaepernick could just get a chance to play for the Redskins or another team in need, the notorious anthem kneeler could save their season. Possibly even lead them on a magical Super Bowl run.
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.
Media are today tripping over each other to report on this weekend's gay wedding of a former Dallas Cowboys football player. Jeff Rohrer played for Coach Tom Landry's Cowboys in the 1980s, but now he's famous for being the first (known) man ever to play in the NFL and marry another man. The story immediately became political, and Vice President Mike Pence became the anti-hero.
A few days ago, USA Today News & Enterprise Reporter Scott Gleeson made a list of 12 athletes "who would make great politicians." The reasons given for the athletes' political qualifications are in some instances thin to say the least. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of them are progressives, headed up by the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James and including the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich and former Olympic skater Adam Rippon (see photo). Tim Tebow made the list, but as a Christian pro-lifer he's in the minority.
On CBS This Morning: Saturday, the show's anchors cheered on NFL players, inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who spent time advocating liberal causes during this year's elections.
At last a crack in what has been the media's almost universal support for Colin Kaepernick has surfaced. A new Medium blog contributor named Kitanya Harrison has until now been unwavering in her support of the social justice warrior, but she takes a sharp deviation from her past literary praise for Kaepernick to relay troubling information from a reader about the America-hating ex-quarterback. It's that he mistreated women in the past, he is propping up an abuser of women and that Kaepernick and his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, are guilty of ethical improprieties.