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Source: Howard Bryant is an author and sports journalist who writes weekly columns for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, ESPN, and he appears regularly on ESPN Radio. He has most recently denigrated every police officer in the United States, as well as, their families and millions of hardworking, patriotic Americans by claiming in an article that he wrote that the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is “staged patriotism,” and arguing that it signals an “authoritarian shift at the ballpark.”
“Why don’t more athletes speak out on behalf of their communities?” Bryant wrote, “Perhaps more of them would if there wasn’t a chilling force looming over them.” and lamented “the smothering effect that staged patriotism and cops singing the national anthem in a time of Ferguson have on player expression.”
“Nobody seems to care much about this authoritarian shift at the ballpark, yet the media and the public are quick to demand accountability from players they consider insufficiently activist. They blame these black players for not speaking up on behalf of their communities, ignoring the smothering effect that staged patriotism and cops singing the national anthem in a time of Ferguson have on player expression. It’s indirectly stifled, while the increasing police pageantry at games sends another clear message: The sentiments of the poor in Ferguson and Cleveland do not matter….While athletes are routinely criticized for “not doing more,” it is conveniently ignored how deeply their employers have mobilized against the most powerless elements of their fan base.”
“Policing is clearly one of the most divisive issues in the country – except in the sports arena, where the post-9/11 hero narrative has been so deeply embedded within its game-day fabric that policing is seen as clean, heroic, uncomplicated. Following the marketing strategy of the military, police advocacy organizations have partnered with teams from all four major leagues to host ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation’ nights, or similar events.”
Hold on….policing is divisive? Yea, it’s divisive in that it separates criminals from law abiding citizens. You know who doesn’t like cops? Bad guys. And unless it’s the Portland Trailblazers, then no team should have a problem with a cop singing the National Anthem. And what if this happens:
Is this racist too Howard?
Why am I only reading about this idiot on conservative websites? Why are Deadspin, USA Today, the Washington Post, and every other major media outlet so quiet about this? After all, it was just a month ago when then ESPN employee Curt Schilling shared this on Facebook:
You could read about Curt Schilling’s insensitivity towards men who wanna take dumps in the lady’s room pretty much anywhere:
It was huge news and Curt Schilling was quickly fired for it. Yet here is another ESPN employee in Howard Bryant, who is using the company’s magazine to write these ridiculously racist and anti-American things. And it IS racist. Make no doubt about it. Just look at this sentence right here:
Why don’t more athletes speak out on behalf of their communities?
He’s talking about black players, and he wants to know why they don’t complain about cops singing the National Anthem at games. He is suggesting that ALL black players share his animosity towards the police. Because black people are a “community” simply simply because they share the same skin pigmentation. Newsflash – suggesting that people all must think and act the same way because of a shared skin pigmentation is the DEFINITION of racism!!!
But yet he will face no repercussions, and the media has clearly conspired to determine that this sort of racism is not news. He will not be suspended, never mind fired like Schilling was. Because the message from ESPN has been sent loud and clear for a while now – we are a political station now. Sports are secondary.
Of course as Boston fans we already know this. After all, they’re the ones who made up the lie that 11 of the 12 Patriots balls were under inflated by 2 pounds each:
This tweet still remains up because it single handedly drove their ratings through the roof. ESPN lies.
And they have the right to be political show theater all they want to, but as long as they keep giving courage awards to Bruce Jenner for wearing a dress, and being gigantic hypocrites, they can’t even be considered a sports outlet.
Then there’s this:
Additionally, in 2011 while under the employ of ESPN, Bryant was arrested for domestic abuse against his wife, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Bryant claimed post arrest that racial factors played a part in his arrest. Charges were ultimately dropped in a plea deal whereby Bryant agreed to serve six months of pre-trial probation and recanted his intimation that race played a part in his arrest, also apologizing for that comment.
So let me get this straight. This guy was once arrested for being a huge asshole, and now all the writes about is how racist cops are? In other words he is ESPN’s version of Clive McFarlane. But yet these two guys, who clearly can get away with things that their white counterparts like Curt Schilling cannot, claim that the deck is stacked against them in America because of the color of their skin. Yea, that makes sense. Now I get it.
Oh yea, and this guy, who grew up in suburban South Plymouth, was a fan of the Yankees because the Red Sox are racist:
According to him, Boston embraces Latino players and white players, but not black players. He says black players don’t have fun and aren’t comfortable playing in Boston. And for the record, he counts David Ortiz as a Latino, not black. Well, we’re just gonna go ahead and leave these right here:
Shut up Howard.
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