Sports are supposed to be something that brings people from all walks of life together, but now they are being used as another tool to divide.
Look no further than sports-programming giant ESPN for examples of downright hatred towards people, based purely on politics.
Jemele Hill, a host for one of ESPN’s time-filling programs, went on social media to criticize president Trump, saying he is unfit to lead, and is a white supremacist.
In Jemele’s mind, the only reason Trump won the election is because he is white, and his supporters are racists. While we can agree her ignorant opinion doesn’t really mean anything, the fact that ESPN has done nothing speaks volumes.
In the past, ESPN has made it a point to keep their hosts to talking about what they know: sports. Mike Ditka was fired for expressing support for Donald Trump during the campaign. Curt Schilling was terminated for sharing a Facebook post. ESPN’s lack of action towards Hill speaks volumes, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Bob Iger, CEO of the Disney Company, is a democrat supporter, and donated money to the Clinton campaign that ultimately lost. Obviously, Iger is still pretty upset that his money went to waste, and has no issue with his employees speaking out against Trump.
Hill’s rant didn’t end with criticism of Trump. She took the time to call out Kid Rock for “pandering to racists”.
Kid Rock came back with a response of his own, warning fans not to be deceived by the media. “People! Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create!” he said in a Facebook post. “We all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office.”
“Pretty funny how scared I have them all and their only agenda is to try and label people / me racist who do not agree or cower to them!”
How exactly did ESPN handle the situation? They issued a statement, and that’s about it:
This is from the network who had to remove announcer Robert Lee from calling a University of Virginia football game. ESPN is well aware of how stupid their target demographic is.
In the long run, it doesn’t make sense for a TV network to allow hosts to offend viewers, but ESPN doesn’t care. The liberals at the network are all in on the Trump-trashing, and it’s only going to cost them money.