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Washington Post sports writer John Feinstein, author of the 1986 inside look at former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight (A Season On the Brink), can't wait to hear from right-wingers about his latest column condemning the notion of sticking to sports. In a tweet promoting the column, Feinstein dismisses the idea of sports writers and athletes sticking to sport as "ludicrous."
In the column, "Sticking to sports’ isn’t just pointless. It’s inhuman", Feinstein writes the stick-to-sports sentiment was best summed up in February 2018 by Laura Ingraham, when she said on the Fox News program Ingraham Angle that President Trump hater LeBron James should “shut up and dribble.”
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Sports media veering out of their lane is nothing new, Feinstein argues. "More and more nowadays, it has become impossible to separate politics from sports. In the past week, we have seen three more examples of why they often meet and, in some cases, must."
The first example is the Navy football team changing its "Load the Clip” motto to “Win the Day.” Feinstein said the team's four captains failed to understand that the Maryland region surrounding the Naval Academy is still recovering from the shooting deaths of five people of the Annapolis Capital Gazette and three shooting deaths at an Aberdeen Rite Aid warehouse.
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Second on Feinstein's list is last weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, when inductee Champ Bailey "spoke eloquently on a subject similar to the one James had addressed: being a black man in this country."
Feinstein said some people would have preferred if Bailey had stuck to thanking his family, teammates, coaches, friends and football.:
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"Many feel uncomfortable when an athlete says something that might force them to think. Bailey’s message was direct: It isn’t easy to be a black man in this country, and he wished more people would...
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