Tom Raabe writes at The American Spectator (abridged):
Once a great escape from the turmoil, or drudgery, of everyday life, sports themselves have become political. In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the major sports leagues are falling all over themselves attempting to out- “woke” each other.
Players kneeling for the pregame national anthem, anathema just a year ago, are de rigueur these days, as teams drop to their knees en masse for the song — defy the kneel-down and face ostracization. One league will be featuring an additional anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” called the black national anthem, at the beginning of week one NFL games. So, how will that work? Players kneel for the national anthem and stand in honor of the black anthem? A lot of Budweiser will be coming up through the noses of die-hard football fans when they see that.
Sports uniforms, too, have gone “woke.” In the NBA, player names on the backs of jerseys have been replaced by slogans, like “Say Their Names” or “I Can’t Breathe.” The NFL is allowing players to wear personal names on the backs of their helmets —
Even the playing fields have become canvases for social justice. The NBA has plastered the “Black Lives Matter” slogan prominently across the courts of the “bubble,” and the NFL will be featuring social-justice end-zone messages for its games.
As for coaches and players, we turn for exemplars to the wokest of the woke, the NBA. Two of the elite coaches in that league — Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich — see fit to engage President Trump in contentious argle-bargle, and the league’s best player, LeBron James, might consider installing a podium and teleprompter in front of his locker, so voluble on things political is he.
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