ESPN, a network once known for their sports reporting, has now become just another political mainstream media outlet siding with the liberal left.
It began well over a year ago as the network terminated the contract of baseball legend and host Curt Schilling over his stance on gender fluid public bathrooms, and has continued ever since with increasing volatile attacks aimed at American conservatives, President Trump, and those who support law and order within our nation.
Recently, the embattled and possibly failing network has doubled down on their political nonsense by jumping head first into the controversy surrounding the anthem kneelers of the NFL. Not only has the network continued to provide ample coverage to the mostly 2nd-string players who otherwise would not find themselves the subject of any attention, but ESPN has been actively railing against those who disagree with the timing of the protests.
Most recently, after Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones indicated that he would be inclined to bench players who refuse to stand for the anthem, one host on the “sports” network turned to racially charged hate speech to insult the league legend.
“Mr. Wilbon, co-host of ‘Pardon the Interruption,’ took issue with Mr. Jones’ stance that players who do not stand for the national anthem before football games will not play.
“’And the word that comes to my mind―and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it―is plantation,’ Mr. Wilbon said on Monday’s show. ‘The players are here to serve me, and they will do what I want. No matter how much I pay them, they are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and mine.’”
In a position of punditry, Wilbon’s statement comes off as the partisan bickering and hateful ignorance that these players are purporting to be protesting. The hypocritical nature of using racism to call someone a racist is an appalling tactic that the left seems to adore.
Furthermore, ESPN’s foray into politics is just as much a reason for the NFL’s declining viewership as the protests themselves. Sunday is a traditional day of rest for much of America. Where once we could relax, watch games, and avoid work and politics, we are now being forced by money-hungry networks to relive the week’s stress so that they can sell more advertising.