By Duncan Smith
As if all the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn didn’t make 2020 bad enough, ‘woke’ professional sports leagues have only added to our reasons why we can’t wait until this year is over.
The adoption of Black Lives Matter messaging throughout the sports world has enthused some but has also led many fans to become former fans.
By now, there are enough reports indicating that viewership of all pro sports leagues that have gone all in for BLM and other Marxist messaging has decreased.
Fans have had enough of being lectured about their alleged ‘racism,’ ‘bigotry,’ and ‘privilege’ by multi-millionaire athletes who don’t give a rat’s — about ‘black lives’ in general.
And some really big fans are pushing back.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
A Utah company is giving up its suite at Jazz games, citing the players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. The company, Salt Lake County-based SME Steel Contractors, is asking the NBA franchise to “put a stop to all disrespectful actions during the anthem and remove the Black Lives Matter logo from the arena.”
“The recent actions of the NBA—including the owners, coaches and players of the Utah Jazz—have converted a beloved entertainment venue into a forum for dissemination of political propaganda which is divisive and completely out of step with our company and its values,” a Sept. 9 letter sent from Salt Lake County-based SME Steel Contractors to Jazz owner Gail Miller states.
SME confirmed the letter’s authenticity, telling the Washington Free Beacon that the feedback the company has received on the letter has been “overwhelmingly positive.”
“We have received emails and letters from individuals and companies throughout the country thanking us for standing up for the country, the national anthem, and the idea that sporting events do not need to be a venue for forcing controversial political views on patrons,” SME general counsel Mark Wilkey said.
The company said added while it was “disappointed” to see the NBA season delayed by the pandemic, “that disappointment pales … to the feelings we experienced when NBA games 'restarted’ on what appears to be a billboard for the 'Black Lives Matter’ movement.”
“To say the least, it is ironic that pampered and exceptionally well-paid athletes cavalierly exercise their freedom bought for them through the courage and sacrifice of this nation’s servicemen and women by disrespectfully kneeling during the country’s anthem,” the letter states. It went on to accuse the NBA of ignoring “true heroes like Chris Kyle and Pat Tillman” while promoting “names and tributes for felons.”
Personally, we like to see Americans who embrace differing principles and values speaking up and speaking out. We, too, have our say, and when it comes to these ‘woke’ sports leagues, nothing speaks louder than depriving these virtue-signaling morons of our cold, hard cash.
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