Remember when you used to turn on a game—no matter the sport, be it football, basketball, baseball, or even golf—and the players simply played and the announcers simply announced?

That was a great time in America’s history.

We could just pop on the TV and watch our favorite teams win (or lose) without being preached to or made to feel like we were bigoted for not agreeing with protests and social movements.

Those were the days, right?

Well, while it seems like that time was long ago, it’s really only been a few short years since politics was injected into our sports.

Sure, we had our activists show up here and there—our Jim Browns, Arthur Ashes, Tommie Smiths, and Jesse Owens—but, generally speaking, activism seemed to be confined to the individual.

It wasn’t until Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the National Anthem that things picked up the pace, and then sports became just as political as EVERY other issue that faces our society.

There’s not just one side to issues anymore.

Now, there’re three: The Right’s view, the Left’s view, and the truth.

But we can’t even find common ground on what “truth” is anymore.

Politics Everywhere We Turn

Politics are making sports unwatchable now…and that’s a problem for leagues and networks alike. Dwindling ratings are leading to lower revenue, and it won’t be long until owners are going to have to do something drastic to stay in the black.

Of course, that’s hard when you have to not only deal with hyper-political players and activist announcers, but also opinionated analysts as well.

The people that are paid to analyze sports feel like they need to put their two cents in on politics now as well, and since they have a platform and an obvious agenda, there is almost nowhere that a fan can turn without getting lectured.

For example, what ESPN’s Domonique Foxworth recently told listeners on one of the network’s podcasts, “The Right Time with Bomani Jones,” may be the most bigoted and divisive thing said yet.

Foxworth said, “I’m fully aware that I have biases… and my biases are not based on Josh Allen [the Buffalo Bills’ star quarterback]. It’s based on the people that are defending Josh Allen. I would be 100% lying if I said that when Josh does something dumb, a little part of me doesn’t get happy. And it’s not because I don’t want Josh to succeed.”

That’s interesting…

If Foxworth doesn’t want Allen to succeed, why does he get happy if he stumbles?

American Flags And Dogs – The NEW Symbol Of Bigotry In Americ

Well, you won’t believe why.

Foxworth continues “It’s because the people who are telling me that Josh is the second coming and Josh is better than everybody are people with American flags and dogs and skulls and crossbones… and then if you go just take a dip into their tweet history, it’s some really concerning retweets and likes.”

Ummm, what?

Is Foxworth saying that he doesn’t like Allen because patriotic Americans like him?

Even worse…

What’s his problem with DOGS?!

That’s a little bit of a joke, but not really…and since when have American flags and dogs become unlikeable?

It’s beyond crazy.

Foxworth concluded his divisive statement with this: “It’s not about Josh.  Generally, I’m pro-player and I’m looking for ways to understand a player’s position and defend a player. But in Josh’s case, it’s not about him. He is the ground on which we are fighting.”

Ahhhh, politics. You never fail to disappoint.

It’s obvious that this man feels that Josh Allen fans—the patriotic, dog-loving Americans of the world—are bigoted and racist, and their dogs and flags are symbols of their bigotry.

Here’s the best part…

Foxworth will still have a job this time next week.

In fact, he probably won’t even get reprimanded for his OBVIOUS bigotry towards Josh Allen fans.

Never mind the diversity of the people that have been rooting for Allen since he played in college…

Never mind the diversity of the people of Buffalo (present company included—and don’t forget, you’d still be hard-pressed to find a Bills fan that is willing to say an ill word about OJ Simpson).

To Foxworth, Allen is a symbol of everything he feels is wrong with America…and he gets the air time to express it.

Yet people still don’t understand why the sports world is dying?

Look no further, people…

This is exactly why—and people like Foxworth are holding the gun.

 

“We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America — none, whatsoever.” – Ronald Reagan