If you’re a fan of the National Football League or the National Basketball Association, and you voted for Donald Trump, be aware they consider you deplorable. Who says so? They do.
If you’re a player in the aforementioned NFL or NBA and you support Donald Trump, be prepared to work in a hostile environment. Who says so? They do.
The hardcore left is correct in their post-election assessment that some of the American citizenry have gone loco. Ironically, they don’t seem to realize it is them. So far we have one mother who threw her young child out of the house for voting for Donald Trump in a mock school election and the CEO of Grubhub threating his employees’ jobs if they are Trump supporters. Nightly we have riots in urban areas protesting a free and fair election, and in Chicago, we had a citizen pulled out of his car and beaten savagely because he voted for Donald Trump.
Like a communicable virus, this madness has been inflicting liberals with an impulsive need to scold people on how they voted. This disease has now progressed unchecked to the leadership of both the NBA and the NFL.
How’s this for a pep talk from Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy regarding Donald Trump? “I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic. We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country.” Man, I miss the days when coaches just used to talk about X’s and O’s. Not to be outdone, I present you with Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, “Right now I’m just trying to formulate thoughts. It’s too early. I’m just sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor and tone and all of the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic. I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone.”
Wow, I’m so glad the self-appointed tolerant people have made the effort to try to understand people they disagree with. It is clear from comments like these that Trump voters are not welcome at either San Antonio Spurs or Detroit Pistons games, as management assumes they are lower than pond scum.
In the NFL we have Commissioner Roger Goodell, the poster boy for terrible stewardship and leadership. Under Goodell the NFL’s once robust TV ratings have cratered because of his horrible judgment in refusing to speak out against players making a political statement by not standing for the National Anthem. Now, in a post-election interview, he flat out said that with Trump winning the election his job will be harder both in the office and at home. What? A quick note to the Commissioner: approximately half of the consumer dollars the NFL reaps comes from Trump supporters either directly or indirectly. What kind of businessman would slam half his customer base?
You used to be able to count on professional sports to be a bastion of sanity in a world of political craziness. Unlike Hollywood or the music industry, the sports world was the one major form of entertainment that was non-partisan and apolitical. Team spokesmen and players rarely made brazen political statements, and we didn’t root for or against athletes and teams based on their political affiliations, as for the most part we didn’t know them. Now, by no fault of my own, I can’t help but associate the NFL or the NBA with liberal politics. This isn’t my doing, as their beliefs were foisted upon all of us. I’m a conservative and would like to think I’m a decent person and have supported both leagues my entire life. Now, I can never look at the NBA and the NFL the same way as before due to their politicization.
I don’t want a Democratic NFL or a Republican NFL. I just want the old NFL where all were felt welcome to enjoy it. Goodell, Popovich, Van Gundy and company, it is your right to express yourself freely, but you’re not just representing yourself but your team, community and sport. After a lifetime of support for both leagues, I have reconsidered my loyalty.
Thanks for the memories.