Politics are being infused into everything nowadays.
And so-called “sports” network ESPN is one of the main offenders.
But ESPN just made the wrong political move that will leave everyone furious.
First Take is one of ESPN’s most popular shows.
The show features bombastic co-host Stephen A. Smith and self-righteous liberal Max Kellerman.
By all measures, it’s become an anti-Trump talk show.
Kellerman, in particular, has been extremely vocal about his opposition towards President Trump on the show.
On Trump asking players to stand for the National Anthem, Kellerman once said:
“[It]is not about right or left, it is about right and wrong. It is about decency. The only way this is political is in the sense it is conservative and progressive in a literal definition. Conservative, keeping the tradition and status quo. Progressive meaning take steps to change things. I agree with the progressive point of view in this case.”
Those comments, in particular, are ironic because it’s Trump who is taking the “steps” to clean up Obama’s disastrous progressive presidency.
But after the tragic Parkland school shooting, ESPN’sFirst Take opened with political commentary on the issue instead of doing what the show is made to do – which is to, you know, discuss sports.
“Thursday’s “First Take” on ESPN opened with a tribute for the victims of Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman both pushed for change to stop gun violence.
“It’s tragic, it’s devastating,” Smith stated. “Obviously, it’s something that this country needs to address. When we have an issue protecting our kids, that’s something that obviously resonates with us all.
And it’s a priority that needs to be elevated, but especially when you consider the fact that it’s kids harming kids as well — that makes it even worse.
I don’t know the answer to those questions.
I just know that it’s tragic, and it’s just a reminder how we all just need to come together and do whatever we can to make the world a better place.”
Kellerman tacked on, “The doing is the important thing. Obviously, of course, all of our thoughts, the nation’s thoughts are with the families, the victims’ families, of course.
And by the way, in terms of what we do and don’t talk about in times like this, you notice that the victims’ families, by and large, don’t seem to have a problem talking about these issues and the doing in this situation, and I don’t think that we should either.
If there was some virus tearing through our schools and killing our children by the dozens, we would do something. Certainly, the right response is not to do nothing.
That is unacceptable.”
The underlying tone of this segment is a push for gun control and regulation, as if that’s the only answer.
They’re a sports show and they should stick to sports.