ESPN, you probably did it once more.
The sports activities and leisure community suspended outspoken “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill for 2 weeks for a tweet she wrote this week. Hill’s crime: stating that if followers are upset about Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones banning gamers from kneeling through the nationwide anthem, they will all the time boycott their company sponsors.
This isn’t explosive stuff. Everybody is aware of if you wish to make your voice heard, you boycott advertisers. Hill wasn’t hatching some type of secret revolt on Twitter this week. She wrote one thing that’s widespread sense at this level.
Consequently, ESPN is the most important jerk in sports activities for the second time in 4 weeks.
Jones too is a jerk for snuffing out his gamers’ freedom of speech and expression. However that is nothing new within the NFL, a league the place you’re fined for not complying with strict uniform laws. This can be a league the place for those who put on the fallacious colour footwear, you run the danger of a $9,one hundred fifteen high-quality (which is identical you get for throwing a harmful chop block, by the best way).
So it screams hypocrisy when a league that trumpets the flag, the army and purple, white and blue American delight operates no totally different than a Communist regime. To NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s credit score (and this can make his spouse pleased), he was fairly diplomatic this week when he performed each side of the anthem protest and wrote in a letter to groups that gamers ought to stand for the anthem, however individuals also needs to present some empathy concerning the points the protests are actually about.
Jones, who we doubt is a Communist, needs to remove his gamers’ First Modification rights. He needs to grab away their freedom of expression. He needs to punish gamers for a non-violent protest after giving protected harbor to precise violent criminals for years. That makes the proprietor a reasonably large jerk, however nonetheless nothing near ESPN.
As a result of ESPN, a information company, truly punished considered one of its staff for exercising her personal freedom of speech. Worst of all, the suspension is related to a tweet about advertisers, main us to consider that ESPN, once more, supposedly a information company, is within the enterprise of defending company companions. In journalism, that’s a no-no. The time period within the enterprise is separation of church and state. It additionally tarnishes the model, and makes you marvel how a lot you possibly can belief the community’s future reporting on, say, NFL concussions or using PEDs in MLB baseball since…