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Don’t boycott the NFL, boycott ESPN

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In my childhood, Sport Center was on for a couple sessions on mornings when there was no school. Nowadays, ESPN has shifted away from its core focus to pursue other matters. What started out as a sports channel has now become a sports gossip channel. And with this deviation fictional celebrity LaVar Ball is a household name like the Kardashians and Colin Kaepernick is covered weekly, which is more airtime than a jobless backup quarterback should receive. Many people took their disagreement with Kaepernick out on the NFL. And I’m here to say that they shouldn’t.

First, I would like to point out the obvious fact that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL. The NFL franchises have heeded the fact that Kaepernick is poison for the brand. In the NFL, there is a direct correlation between talent and the amount of distraction that is tolerable for a team. Kaepernick failed this metric with flying colors. The NFL does believe in second chances (note: he walked out on his contract before being cut) and he blew that opportunity too. The Baltimore Ravens were the only team interested in offering a second chance. Ray Lewis was even trying to help him out but Kaepernick’s girlfriend tweeted a racist photo comparing owner Steve Biscotti to Candy from Django.

You don’t insult the people who are trying to get your boyfriend a job. It’s a direct reflection of his bad attitude.

Now I understand that Kaepernick’s stupidity has spread, however NFL teams are clamping down, such as the Cleveland Browns locking arms with each other and men and women in uniform for their opening game. The NFL has heeded your displeasure. Reward their behavior.

Second, we shouldn’t judge the whole brand by the actions of a few. We certainly reject calls for gun control when someone used a “AR-15” in a high-profile shooting. We reject that the few people who so happen to be white supremacists are representative of all white people. Why? Because we believe it’s wrong to judge a whole group of people for the actions of a few. It’s called reasoning and accountability, things we small government folks are fond of. If the NFL rampantly promoted liberal ideology, the situation would be different. Furthermore, it isn’t the NFL’s authority to make people stand. They don’t contract with players, but furthermore we would and should complain if they took to fine people for their political speech. As conservatives, it’s hypocritical for us to demand companies to punish unpopular speech, especially after Google. But the NFL let the free market outcome take place and teams decided against signing Kaepernick. The NFL didn’t force a team to keep him in the league. They aren’t shaming teams for not signing him despite the likes of Tom Savage. The NFL doesn’t have a toxic culture promoting liberal propaganda. ESPN does.

ESPN’s departure from sports coverage has directly corresponded with their entrance into being liberal propaganda outlet. Jemele Hill is just the latest ice cube in a toxic Kool-Aid. ESPN hardly batted an eye and gave a halfhearted apology for her insulting the president. However, Linda Cohn was suspended by ESPN for saying they were being too political. Curt Schilling was fired for opposing transgenderism. But even beyond which political opinions are deemed acceptable for their employees, ESPN uses its platform to promote its liberal agenda. It glorified Michael Sam for being gay. He never played a down in the NFL. They gave him an award for being gay. The following year, they gave Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner the courage award for being dressing up as a woman. He hasn’t been an athlete in decades, but that doesn’t matter for the sports gossip channel.

ESPN’s toxicity is comparable to that of CNN. The good news is, ESPN is not a monopoly. There’s FS1, NBCSN, NFL Network, MLB Network, NHL Network(not that ESPN covers hockey) and more! We want sports not liberal sports gossip. We should send ESPN that message. The NFL was a false victim for our displeasure mixing sports and politics. We shouldn’t take notice of one player’s protest. Furthermore, there are a lot of players out there who use their platform for good like Derek Carr. But the amount of publicity Kaepernick has received shouldn’t reflect on the NFL. It should reflect on ESPN. They glamorize it. Bottom line: If you want to watch football where players respect the flag, watch the NFL. If you care to know the few players who hate this country, watch ESPN.

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