By Duncan Smith

Well, it’s official: If you’re a professional sports athlete in America in 2020, you no longer have your own opinions about anything.

Unless, of course, you’re going along with the ‘woke’ Leftist mob.

Last week as Major League Baseball resumed its coronavirus-shortened season to near-empty stadiums featuring cardboard cut-outs of fans (yes, this COVID madness has come to that), nearly all players on all teams took a knee to show ‘support’ and ‘solidarity’ with the Black Lives Matter movement (it was founded by Marxists, folks!).

Nearly all.

'I just can't get on board with a couple things I've read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism,' Coonrod said of his reasoning not to kneel for BLM. 'And … they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can't get on board with that.'

'I meant no ill will by it,' he added. 'I don't think I'm better than anyone. I'm a Christian. I just believe I can't kneel before anything besides God — Jesus Christ.'

San Francisco Giants hurler Sam Coonrod decided he wasn’t going to disrespect the flag, the national anthem, his God, or the country that has allowed him to make a very good living playing a sport.

He has that right in this country. In fact, that right is contained in the very first amendment to our founding document, the Constitution.

But for that, he was pilloried by a no-talent NBC Sports hack who has to write about athletes because he can’t be one.

The Daily Wire notes:

A sports reporter for NBC penned an op-ed on Friday arguing that MLB pitcher Sam Coonrod betrayed his ignorance, swam against progress, and opted out of humanity when he chose not to kneel during a moment honoring Black Lives Matter last week.

Monte Poole wrote in 'Giants' Sam Coonrod had every right to stand, but his reason fell short,' that while Coonrod had every right not to kneel, he was wrong to appeal to his Christian faith as a rationale. …

'[Coonrod] did nothing wrong,' Poole conceded, but added, 'He said plenty wrong, though, offering up an explanation that slid off his tongue and went dribbling down his chest like liquid contradiction.'

'I'm a Christian,' he said. When did real Christianity opt out of humanity? Give a pass to injustice and inequality? Decide that it's disrespectful to offer support, if not shelter, to those in need? Does Coonrod not realize that pastors of all faiths are joining crowds around the world fighting for these very ideals?

Poole went on to claim that, 'like so many others standing against the tide of progress,' Coonrod had not taken the time to adequately inform himself, or else 'he would see motive behind this movement need not be affiliated with BLM but, rather, to bring greater awareness to the racial injustices that is its focus.'

After suggesting 'Coonrod's own interests are in conflict with protesting racial inequality,' Poole said, 'one need not be a card-carrying BLM member to decry the obvious wrongness of America's ways. That some perceive the desire for equality as a 'political' statement says a lot about them. It's only political because some continue to place politics over the concept of humanity.'

Poole concluded by hitting at Coonrod for thinking his Christianity 'has, somehow, disqualified him from the cause' of pursuing equality to atone for 'America's two greatest sins' of slavery and stealing land from Native Americans.

First, the God-awful slave trade went both ways; there were buyers, yes, but there were also sellers (that would be black tribal leaders in Africa — why isn’t Poole and the rest of his woke mob ticked off at them?).

Second, Native American tribes were ‘stealing land’ and killing each other long before whites came along.

The woke Left-wing cancel culture mob will win if we let them.

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