The last place Americans would expect to hear about politics is ESPN. The sports network is meant to be something to watch for catching up on favorite athletes or games — but the sports “analysts” have deviated from that.
Ever since the NFL protests, a switch was flipped at the ESPN, and now they somehow feel as if their deep liberal agenda needs to be put on-the-air like a game-winning touchdown. ESPN host Stephen Smith started talking about the NFL protests recently and passed along a startling message. According to The Washington Times, Smith noted, “[Trump] is the one that’s winning because he’s turned this into something that the players didn’t intend to, so they’re going to have to find a different level, a different mechanism, to make their voices heard because Trump has won this round.”
The national anthem protests this week have seemed to dissipate compared to previous weeks. During Week 3, nearly 200 players and coaches kneeled, but that number has since dwindled.
It seems odd that ESPN would feel the need to make any kind of comment on the subject of national anthem protests. Their specialty is rushing yards, touchdowns, and other sports games stats — not how morally inferior one is for not following a hollow political trend.
But since Smith wants to talk politics, let’s look at what he said in context to what happened this week. First, Trump isn’t the one who is “winning;” the American people, who believe that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful, are winning.
If there is a cause that is so dire that one feels the need to protest, it may help them to actually do something about the problem. While Colin Kaepernick sat on millions of dollars when he took a knee last season–literally doing nothing else to affect a problem he was allegedly pointing out–the hypocrisy was clear.
He was kneeling for “racial injustice,” while he made more per season than most people make over a lifetime.
Furthermore, Smith’s comments are reflective of Vice President Mike Pence walking out of an Indianapolis Colts game after players decided to kneel during the anthem. Pence tweeted the following message after leaving the game: “I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”
Smith then had the audacity to say that the President’s reason for treating the NFL like this is because he couldn’t get a financial foot in the door with the league. This argument is complete nonsense.
Vice President Pence walked out of an NFL game on Sunday. Do you support him?
The President has great wealth because of the business investments he’s made throughout his life. On top of that, he is the President. He doesn’t need some sort of grudge match because he couldn’t get a stake in an NFL franchise — as Smith is implying.
Furthermore, does Smith have any evidence to back his claim up? He didn’t seem to have any evidence when he initially presented his view on the situation.
ESPN would do well to get back to sports and keep away from politics. Their dwindling numbers are caused by the injection of politics into everything that they do. This is a problem for the people in this country who just want to enjoy some sports highlights, and their dismay is evident in the viewer ratings.