ESPN’s number one agenda these days seems to be reminding real sports fans that the network is essentially unwatchable.
As reported by The Daily Caller, last Tuesday, an edition of the network’s daily, flagship Sportscenter program…which is supposed to be a reasonably straightforward sports news show…turned hyper-leftist-political AGAIN when one commentator took up for currently-unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and did so making a thoroughly bizarre assertion, even for ESPN.
Reporter Josina Anderson is clearly upset that Colin Kaepernick has yet to land another job in the league, never mind last year’s underwhelming numbers, when he went 1-10 as starter in San Francisco. In spite of that record, Anderson thinks that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has an obligation to face some sort of grilling from reporters like her about why Kaepernick remains out of work.
“Roger Goodell, any NFL owner, if you want myself or anybody here at ESPN to sit down with you and ask those questions of you, we would be glad to have you, but you also have to make yourself accessible,” said Anderson.
She wasn’t finished. Anderson went on to demand that team owners should be looking to sign him at least as a backup QB.
“Ownership needs to step up a little bit more in terms of providing him an opportunity … [Kaepernick] is a proud individual, and doesn’t feel that he needs to put himself out there to beg for a job. His production stands for itself, even if it has decreased,” Anderson opined.
When reminded during her segment that New York Giants management had said publicly teams don’t want to sign players who may anger their ticket buyers, Anderson declared that such shouldn’t be an issue “in a state that voted blue for the past 20 years or more.”
Note to Anderson and everyone else at ESPN: If expressions like “blue state” and “red state” are now common parlance on the network, your programming is clearly a lot more political, and a lot more polarizing, than any sports network should be.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large