Sports Medley ESPN Should Act Consistently on Political Statements By
Commentators 18 Sep 17
by Tony Medley
ESPN is hemorrhaging subscribers; millions have opted out in the last
few years. One main reason is its virulently left-wing orientation which
alienates at least half of its viewers, if not all. ESPN fired
commentator and former Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling for
protesting recent laws allowing transgendered people to use whichever
bathroom they wish. ESPN fired commentator and former Chicago Bears head
coach Mike Ditka for criticizing Obama and saying he would vote for
Trump. ESPN fired singer Hank Williams, Jr. for comparing Obama to
But when ESPN commentator Jamele Hill tweeted that Donald Trump was a
“white supremacist,” an allegation that is absurd on its face and is
itself racist, ESPN looked the other way. Here’s what she tweeted:
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself
w/other white supremacists.” and
“Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His
rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
So long as they express leftwing views or are black female racists, it’s
OK with ESPN that its commentators make political statements. As a
result Hill was given only a mild reprimand and remained on the job. But
if you are a white conservative male and speak up, out you go!
How injudicious can ESPN bosses be to alienate at least half of its
viewers by allowing its commentators to make gratuitous comments that
have nothing to do with sports and which are clearly offensive to a
large part of ESPN’s audience?
How can viewers offended by this fight back? ESPN has a virtually
monopoly on televising sports, so tuning out is not an option because it
would be self-destructive. The only thing that could be effective is to
attack ESPN by writing to its advertisers and telling them that you will
not buy their products if they continue to advertise on ESPN until ESPN
changes its policy. That’s what I’m doing with Procter & Gamble after it
recently distributed a shamefully racist video. I will no longer buy
Crest toothpaste, Gillette razors, and Tide detergent, all P&G products
I have heretofore purchased.
In the end, people don’t want sports mixed with politics, whether it’s
to the right or to the left. Sports should be a refuge from politics.
But the left wing zealots who run ABC and ESPN don’t agree. I don’t
think anyone should be fired for expressing a personal opinion. But if
ESPN fires people solely because they express conservative views, it
should also fire people who express left wing views.
Dodgers’ stupidity continues apace:
In the bottom of the fifth inning in Sunday night's game against
Washington, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Hyun-Jin Ryu who had
been pitching a fantastic game, allowing only 3 hits, no runs, and
striking out five. With two outs and nobody on base, Ryu walked two
batters, both on 3-2 pitches (after the batters had fouled off
innumerable pitches). Into the game stumbled reliever Ross Stripling who
got the third out on a mammoth 400 foot fly ball to center.
Stripling was left in the game to pitch the bottom of the sixth inning.
He walked the first batter, Anthony Renden, allowed a sharply hit line
drive single to center by Daniel Murphy and then a tremendous home run
blast to Ryan Zimmerman.
Even though he single-handedly blew the narrow 1-0 lead that Ryu had
protected, Roberts left Stripling in the game. Think about this. He
pulled Ryu who was dominating after he walked two batters on 3-2
pitches, but he leaves Stripling in after allowing a walk, a hard hit
single and a monstrous home run facing four batters.
Is there any logic to this? The answer is, no. This is sheer, utter
nonsense and explains why the Dodgers are faltering. Roberts is the
worst handler of pitchers I have ever seen. He does not understand the
thought of a starting pitcher throwing a complete game, and is
completely mesmerized by the idiocy of the concept of the 100 pitch
count (Ryu had thrown 98 pitches). On Sunday, Roberts’ bull pen allowed
another home run and four additional runs as Washington won the game
going away 7-1, all scoring coming against Ryu’s relief pitchers.
There’s an old adage in baseball, “Managers don’t win games; players
do.” But there is a corollary, “Managers lose games” and we see it every
day in the way they handle pitchers.