The “woke” takeover of sports is nearly complete.
Athletes and sports media figures must walk on eggshells at all times just like most politicians.
Now one NFL broadcaster was forced to apologize for an unbelievable reason.
The politicization of sports has spiraled out of control.
Athletes, coaches, and media figures run the risk of being “canceled” for saying the wrong thing, or simply not being on board with the entire “woke” agenda.
For example, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac was harassed by journalists for refusing to kneel for the national anthem.
Now NBC football broadcaster Cris Collinsworth is apologizing for something silly.
During a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, Collinsworth praised Steelers fans for being so knowledgeable about the game.
Collinsworth got into hot water when he complimented female fans for being astute about the sport.
He said, “Everybody’s a fan…In particular, the ladies that I met. They have really specific questions about the game. I’m like, wow, just blown away.”
It’s 2020, so people are not allowed to acknowledge basic truths, such as men are more enthusiastic about football than women.
That doesn’t mean all men are bigger and more attuned football fans than all women, but people always go to the least charitable interpretation.
Collinsworth issues an apology over social media:
— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) December 3, 2020
An innocuous statement suddenly meant that Collinsworth felt pressure to apologize.
This has already had a chilling effect on public discourse.
Nobody wants to be disrupted by “woke” mobs willing to harass employers and family members until the “offenders” are brought to heel.
During a San Francisco 49ers broadcast, they were forced to wear masks in the booth and sit on opposite sides of a partition because of draconian orders from Santa Clara County officials.
The county officials upped the ante and canceled all contact sports participation and practice for three weeks, which meant that the 49ers and the Stanford Cardinal football team essentially had to leave the state to continue their seasons.
The COVID hysteria has blended with the “woke” hysteria.
The so-called mainstream media have been scaring people inside their homes for nearly a year to the point where Americans believe that tens of millions of people have died from COVID in the United States.
Dissenting opinions are becoming less and less acceptable in the public square.
Not only are cancel mobs waiting in the wings, but big tech platforms themselves are censoring truth statements.
The left has gone too far, and people have to stop apologizing when they don’t do anything wrong.
Bending the knee only emboldens the mob.