• WOW: ESPN Compares Redskins Name To Slavery And Opposing Jackie Robinson

    If you thought ESPN had reached a new low when it reported on gay NFL player Michael Sam’s shower habits, you’d be wrong.

    Dead wrong.

    During last night’s addition of “Outside The Lines,” OTL host Bob Ley compared the Washington Redskins’ team name to slavery and race-based opposition to African-America baseball player Jackie Robinson.

    There are two ways to look at the polling we’ve been reported overnight,” Ley said. “That continuing, overwhelming support for the nickname may be resentment at expanding victimhood through an 80-year-old nickname when Native Americans, who have been treated shamefully through American history, have more real-life concerns.” 

    Ley was referring to a number of recent polls that show average Americans and Redskins football players saying they oppose changing the team’s name.

    But then, Ley goes completely off the rails into a race-baiting rant.

    But you wonder what the polling back in the day would have been on the Emancipation Proclamation or letting that Robinson guy play with the Dodgers back in ‘47,” he said. 

    That sentence makes absolutely no sense. It’s simply beyond stupid.

    An “Outside the Lines” poll showed that 7 in 10 Americas favor the Redskins name, with another 68% saying they think the nickname is not disrespectful of Native Americans.

    And according to a recent NFL poll, a majority of current Redskins fans don’t think the team’s name should be changed.

    Poorly constructed points like Ley’s show you how intelligent ESPN thinks its audience is.

    Of course Americans and Redskins players are smart enough to know that a football team’s nickname is no where near morally comparable to the atrocity of slavery or the gross bigotry of Jim Crow racism.

    But idiocy is a growing feature for ESPN programming. Over time, ESPN has grown increasingly ridiculous in its political commentary.

    The clip above makes ESPN look weak and amateurish. These kinds of monologues are incredibly insulting and they are the main reason why sports fans don’t want political commentary shoved in their faces by sports analysts.

    If ESPN can’t engage in an intellectually honest debate about how culture affects sports, and vice versa, without adding in useless hyperbole, then ESPN should only discuss sports and leave the more mentally rigorous conversations about American life to those responsible enough to have productive and useful debate.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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