ESPN has always had a liberal bias.
But the worldwide leader in sports showed the extent of their political bias when they defended Colin Kaepernick protesting the American flag.
And now another so-called ESPN “analyst” has voiced the most absurd accusation about the NFL playing the National Anthem before every game.
“Thursday, ESPN ‘First Take’ co-host Max Kellerman shared his reaction to Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett comparing free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Kellerman admitted the two athletes are very different, but said the two are similar in that neither ‘went out looking for a protest.’
The ESPN personality then argued that Kaepernick did not inject politics into the NFL, but rather the NFL injects politics by playing the national anthem and ‘putting pressure’ on people to stand.
Partial transcript as follows:
They both were asked to do things that went against their conscience. In this country, in the United States of America, you don’t have to do that.
We are free to make our own choices. And if our conscience is bothering us, we can follow that.
In Muhammad Ali’s case, he was asked to take a step forward and become a part of the Vietnam War, and he was against it on religious and moral and ethical principles, and he refused to take the step and he faced five years jail time but was ultimately vindicated in a Supreme Court case.
OK, but he did have his prime stripped, his license revoked and he couldn’t earn a living for four years, all that.
Colin Kaepernick also did not go looking for a protest. It came to him.
He was asked to stand for the national anthem. You do not have to stand for the national anthem.
And even if it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL?
No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”
Comparing one of the greatest boxers of all time to a mediocre quarterback is ridiculous – on sheer talent in their respective professions alone.
But the idea that Kaepernick wasn’t “looking for” a protest and didn’t believe that he would receive understandable outrage over his act is bull-headed.
Of course he knew – and the outrage stems from his ungratefulness and entitlement against a country that has given him so much.
He literally made millions of dollars for throwing a ball. His protest is not only a slap in the face to our veterans who sacrificed their lives so he’s afforded to do just that, but also insulting to blue-collar Americans who break their backs everyday and watch football for escapism.
What’s even more insulting is that Kaepernick didn’t even vote in the 2016 general election.
“Colin Kaepernick is well aware of how his decision not to participate in the recent presidential election while promoting a message of change has been received.
Asked Tuesday why he opted not to cast a vote for measures beyond the choice of a president, Kaepernick offered a familiar response in taking aim at the system and stating his belief that voting isn’t the only way to make a difference.
‘I thought a lot of different things about the process and what I could and couldn’t do,’ Kaepernick said.
‘Once again, the system of oppression is what I have an issue with.’
‘There’s more than one way to create change.’”
Kaepernick has everyone fooled – and that obviously includes every ESPN analyst who’s continued to defend his actions.