One other off-the-rails left-winger has landed at Deadspin, the vacation spot for offended, race-baiting sports activities media sorts. Mike Freeman joined a workers of bomb throwers that already contains Carron J. Phillips, Rob Parker, Chuck Modiano and others and quickly blamed NFL COVID-19 outbreaks on President Donald Trump.
President Trump has been dictating phrases to the NFL since slamming Colin Kaepernick a number of years in the past and he is doing it once more with COVID-19, writes Freeman, previously with Bleacher Report, the New York Instances, Washington Submit and CBS Sports activities. Creator of the guide “Soccer’s Fearless Activists”, Freeman says Trump has “dragged the nation into an endless sewer system of white nationalism, corruption, and infectious illness.”
As if America-loving sports activities followers are senseless idiots who want a president to inform them to get upset with radical soccer activists, Freeman suggests it was President Trump who divided the nation in 2017 when he demanded NFL homeowners hearth SOBs who kneel through the nationwide anthem. Trump apparently informed Dallas proprietor Jerry Jones and New England proprietor Robert Kraft that “recreation ops coverage” requires NFL gamers to face for the anthem and that opposing anthem protests was a successful situation for him, prompting this race baiting cost by Freeman:
“Trump was doing what he’s glorious at, the one factor he’s glorious at, which is dividing folks. On this case it was a Trump day by day double bonus. He might use a largely Black participant base as punching baggage to his followers.”
Freeman additionally finds it troublesome to imagine Trump is aware of the that means of “ops”, until the coverage was “written in comedian guide type and had bare women in it.” His cellphone calls to Kraft and Jones weren’t simply the neurons “in Trump’s twitchy lizard mind misfiring,” both. It was an effort to corral the 2 strongest homeowners within the NFL, Freeman alleges.
This yr the NFL did with the pandemic what it had beforehand achieved with Kaepernick: enable the “extra extremist components to information the NFL away from the correct plan of action with Trump performing as a propeller. As soon as Kaepernick was confirmed proper (as was inevitable) the NFL needed to reverse itself and acknowledge that Kaepernick was correct all along.”
Led once more by Trump’s ignorance, the NFL as soon as extra allowed “excessive, ugly components of itself” to name the photographs. Freeman cites his new colleague, Phillips, who accused Trump of bullying the league right into a “lame plague response.”
Unnamed sources say many NFL homeowners share Trump’s beliefs that the virus isn’t a giant deal, received’t kill wholesome gamers and that its impression on the nation is exaggerated by media. Freeman says:
“So the consideration of a bubble or suspending the season was by no means actually in play as a result of many NFL homeowners (not all) believed as their boy Trump did (publicly at least) that COVID-19 wasn’t a legit menace.”
With out Trump’s adverse affect, the extra “progressive” NBA regarded COVID-19 an actual menace, valued its gamers as “true companions” and opted to complete its season within the Florida bubble.
By permitting Trump to affect them, many NFL groups additionally mistakenly risked the unfold of COVID-19 outbreaks by permitting followers of their stadiums, Freeman contends.
Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, held a media convention name this week and acknowledged a big improve in infections in a few of the communities the place groups are positioned. Nonetheless, homeowners proceed to permit followers into “COVID-likes-this stadiums.”
Freeman sums up by forwarding a easy equation to clarify how NFL homeowners are weak, mind-numbed robots for Trump: “Lots of the NFL homeowners are Trump … and Trump is most of the NFL homeowners.”