Conservative politics and professional sports leagues have long been intertwined. However, this attitude has changed since the Trump era. Now, more Republicans despise the NFL than ever, according to an LA Times/SurveyMonkey poll conducted earlier this year. Although they watch it on Sundays, their changing opinions stem from the belief that Roger Goodell and the owners are to overdo for its African-American players, the poll says.
The era of player empowerment coinciding with activism has led the GOP to use these diminishing perceptions of “athletes” to manifest a minority villain for their sectarian base. Part of the GOP’s divisive strategy is to create an “other” for their constituents to practice. The LGBTQ community, women and African Americans seem to be their new targets. Remarkably, white male athletes never feature prominently on this target list — unless they’re the NBA commissioner, whom insurgent Lt./Sen. Josh Hawley asked to testify before Congress about the NBA business with China.
The GOP mantra to NBA players has always been “Shut up and dribble.” Meanwhile, Enes Kanter is Fox News’ new spokesperson on how the NBA is so shamelessly capitalizedt that they have turned a blind eye to the human rights abuses taking place in China. The modern Republican Party won’t really go out of its way to help marginalized groups at home, but will gladly tell black athletes that they’re not doing enough for the global community and should be held accountable for their apathy. .
On Wednesday, Tennessee junior senator Marsha Blackburn took issue with the NBA’s announcement that it would host a preseason game in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the 2022-23 season. Blackburn’s resentment of the NBA hosting a competition in the United Arab Emirates points to the country’s archaic laws against homosexuality.
The NBA doing business with a regime that punishes homosexuality is a bad image, but Blackburn is someone who fought against the right of same-sex couples to marry. Throwing rocks from glass houses is a GOP specialty. The transformation of the NBA’s UAE into the conservative community’s latest obsession is ironic given their laissez-faire attitude towards corporations doing business with totalitarian regimes and their own colleagues siding with Russia, before it did. become politically unpalatable. This energy is only for the NFL and the NBA arrogant niggers. So don’t expect the same setback for the UFC and WWE, which have both staged events in Saudi Arabia where same-sex activity is illegal and women can’t get passports or travel outside the country. without a man’s approval. or marry without the same. The closest I could find was an American conservative piece supporting the WWE in Saudi Arabiaand a dozen articles criticizing the NBA for its relationship with China.
Where are their fiery visions of chauvinism about PGA stars joining a Saudi golf tour that could challenge the US PGA Tour? Daryl Morey’s tweet about Chinese intervention in Hong Kong and Golden State minority owner Chamath Palihapitiya’s comments about the NBA’s apathy for Uyghur Muslims have drawn ire from Republican senators. Strangely, they couldn’t spark the same outrage over the mistreatment of black people in this country highlighted by the police killing of George Floyd. However, the irony of two spineless politicians who tolerated Trump, who became best friends with every authoritarian leader he met, calling on the NBA to bow down is rich in irony.
Sportswashing is a pox on this earth, but it’s infuriating even for some of America’s most powerful political figures to decide they’re going to selectively attack billion-dollar corporations to do it as a stick to to use against black athletes who take advantage of it is despicable. The GOP’s obsession with dunking the NBA is only intensifying, and depending on their fixation, they’ll be using the NBA as a punching bag to excite their ravenous base through the midterms and beyond. .
As Blackburn and his ilk cry crocodile tears over NBA cases in the UAE, they rush to pass Don’t Say Gay laws in their own states and push the Supreme Court to overturn Obergefell v Hodges , which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Dishonest bad actors should have their fake self-gratification attempts to stir up anger against black athletes for political gain should have their shit sent to second place.