Election 2020

The Football is Now Political

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Need another reason to hate Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? Here you go:

Tom Brady no longer gets a pass on his friendship with Donald Trump. Not after this weekend, when the country boiled over in rage and indignation at Trump’s decision to turn America’s back on refugees. Not after this season, when Colin Kaepernick was pilloried from coast to coast for trying to draw attention to the shortcomings of our country.

And not when he’s about to command the NFL’s biggest stage.

Brady and the New England Patriots arrive here Monday, a few hours before the Super Bowl “Opening Night.” While the event has turned into a circus – this is where Brady famously got a marriage proposal from a Mexican TV reporter in a wedding dress – he can expect to get some tough questions about Trump.

As well he should.

Pardon me, but — says who? What does the occupant of the Oval Office have to do with the Super Bowl? I guess we all know the answer to that: during this total meltdown of the American Left (surprised that sportswriters are mostly lefties? You shouldn’t be), everything and everyone is fair game for their impotent wrath. This is fascism, straight up, couched in the language of pure cultural-Marxist cant:

Trump’s campaign was steeped in racism, bigotry and misogyny, and he has doubled down on his hatred in his first week as president. It’s left Americans across the country angry and frightened, fearful that the ideals that have made this country exceptional for more than 200 years are being abandoned.

Brady might not agree with Trump’s views or his policies, as he seemed to indicate last week during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” radio show. His support might have more to do with Trump’s many golf courses than the man himself.

But in refusing to publicly disavow Trump’s actions, Brady is giving tacit endorsement to both Trump and the chaos he has created.

Extra points for invidiously comparing Brady to Colin Kaepernick.

It would have been easy for Kaepernick to brush off questions or say he’d rather talk about football, as Brady has done. Instead, he’s been eloquent in detailing his concerns over police brutality in minority communities. He’s sparked conversations and reflection in NFL locker rooms and beyond.

Regardless of whether he was duped into being a prop or is genuinely friends with Trump, Brady inserted himself into the national firestorm. He can’t be surprised that people want to know more. And now expect more.

Now you have a taste, however small at this point, what life must have been like in Cambodia under Pol Pot and China during the Great Cultural Revolution. These people should never be allowed near the seat of power again.