Jemele Hill Is Right, Trump Is A Racist Bigot, Trash Talk

The biggest sports story of the week, unless you are a legal freak in the Zeke Elliot weeds, is more politics than sports. The classy and wonderful Jemele Hill of ESPN let fly some hard truth about Trump on his favorite medium, Twitter. And of course the vacuous suits at Fox News got bent out of shape over the fact a smart woman, especially one of color, had the temerity to point out that their boy Trump was indeed a racist bigot.

I usually tailor videos and images, but had a hard time with this one from USA Today, so you get the full screen scene this time. It is short and lays everything out that you need:

Did Jemele take to a soapbox and do this on air with her partner, Michael Smith on their absolutely excellent Sportscenter 6 platform? Nope, she did it in her private time, on her own personal Twitter account. Now, ESPN is a business, a House of Mouse one at that, so first amendment protections are inapplicable. But that does not mean ESPN ought be censoring or punishing her private thoughts and political speech. Especially on a platform that the snowflake President takes to daily to issue outright lies, bigotry, racism and generally ignorant screed. To ESPN’s credit, while they stepped back from Hill slightly, they did not step away from her. That is good, because Jemele Hill is not only a better and smarter person than Trump, she is quite likely far more popular too. I will stand with her any day and every day.

Okay, back to the games! Hell of a tilt between USC and Texas last night. Don’t know how in the world the Trojans let the Horns back in it, but it was thrilling. In the NFL, it is getting to where who “isn’t” playing is as important as who is. The Cardinals looked horrible last week against Detroit when they had David Johnson, now they don’t, and may not the rest of the year. Luckily, they are playing the Colts, who do not have Andrew Luck. Think Homer Simpson is scheduled to start for the Colts. He probably will beat the hapless Cards.

The Eagles at Chiefs looks to be a great game. Vikings at Steelers looked like it would be too…..but this morning it was announced that Sam Bradford is out for the game. Bradford looked like a world beater last week in collecting up offensive player of the week accolades. But apparently tweaked a knee in the process that we didn’t really see. So, the Vikes will go with Case Keenum today. Not the worst substitute, he is capable.

Cowboys at Broncos looks pretty interesting too. Trevor Siemian did not look that good in the second half last week, and the Broncs were lucky to emerge with a win. He will have to play much better this week, even with the aid of Mile High. The Sunday Night feature of Packers at Falcons should also be great. First NFL game for the Dirty Birds in their new gazillion dollar nest.

Who knows what you will get out of the MNF game between the Lions and Giants? Last week was the return of Really Bad Eli. I am not sure this week will be the return of Good Eli. That is the beauty of it though, like Forrest Gump’s stupid box of chocolates, you just never know what you will get! Matt Stafford has been playing consistently solid ball for quite a while though.

Last, but not least, two future Hall of Famers duel down in Nawlins. Brady and Brees. Deflategate versus Bountygate. Two weeks ago, I would have said this is a laugher. Nut, man, the Patriots looked awfully non-Belichickian last week. So maybe worth a watch.

That is it for this week, rock on.

22 replies
  1. Peterr says:

    Big props to Jemele’s African-American coworkers, who had her back when ESPN came to them and asked them to take the Wednesday SC6 show. Their reply?  “Sorry, but not gonna happen.”

    ESPN originally tried to keep Hill off the air on Wednesday evening, but Smith refused to do the show without her, the sources said. Both sources also said that producers reached out to two other black ESPN hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to ask them to serve as fill-ins for the show — but Eaves and Duncan did not agree to take the place of Hill and Smith, either. . . .

    Faced with the possibility of having to replace Hill and Smith with white co-hosts, the sources said, ESPN then called Hill and asked her to come back on her show.

    For the record, ESPN denies this account. Also for the record, I don’t believe them for a minute. After all, this is the network whose public editor is Jim “I learned everything about Omsbudding from Li’l Debbie at the Post” Brady.

  2. Peterr says:

    Speaking of sport and politics, good old Sheriff Clarke gets pwnd over Colin Kaepernick:

    David A. Clarke, Jr.‏Verified account @SheriffClarke

    When I see Kaepernick in the hood mentoring young black males on making better lifestyle choices then I will know his sincerity. Opportunist

    jelani cobb‏Verified account @jelani9

    jelani cobb Retweeted David A. Clarke, Jr.

    I’ve literally seen Kaepernick do this. In Oakland. Teaching the Constitution to young black men. Even got a pic as evidence.

    Now if only someone could teach the constitution to cranky authoritarians with badges who inflict their poor lifestyle choices on the rest of us.


  3. Peterr says:

    Hard to know who to root for in this one:

    Roger Goodell has made as much as $44 million in salary in a single year as NFL commissioner, and in his time on the job has reportedly made more than $200 million. The NFL’s compensation committee is currently working out a proposal to extend Goodell’s existing contract beyond its current 2019 expiration date, and at least one owner wants to get serious about scaling back the commissioner’s pay going forward. It’s just really, really unfortunate for Roger Goodell that this particular owner is the most powerful of them all: Jerry Jones.

    Rooting interests aside, I think Jerry wins this one, but it will be close and the rematch will be brutal.

  4. scribe says:

    Watt the Younger in street clothes on the Stillers’ sideline.

    This Stiller fan Not Happy.

    Keenum  getting a good view of the sky, when not obstructed by a black-and-gold linebacker atop him.

  5. scribe says:

    How ‘BOUT them Owboys!!!!

    Aqib Talib’s 103-yard pick 6 was just the cherry on top.

    This Stillers fan smiles.

  6. Ed Walker says:

    Also, Jemele Hill is right. Espn is a bunch of bedwetters. Do they think the racist part of their audience can quit them?

  7. CTuttle says:

    *heh* The sweetest part of my Donko’s ass-whopping over the Boyz, was holding Zeke, in 9 rushes, to 8 yards…! ;-)

    The Orange Crush rulz…!  ;-)

  8. Jim White says:

    I wish to register a complaint!

    I leave the country for a couple of days and what with touristing and spotty wifi, I miss out on participating in Trash Talk in real time. But Mr. Maz has the audacity, the utter gall, to not even mention the greatest football play of all time when he clearly didn’t put up this post until the next day?

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