Tuesday's NBC Sports Pro Football Talk discussion between Mike Florio and Chris Simms fully demonstrated how the sports media's criticism of those who repeat the "stick to sports" refrain is much more of an attack on conservatives than anything else. After it became known that the NFL Players Coalition had drop-kicked Miami Dolphins owner and Trump supporter Stephen Ross out of its social justice club, he and other conservatives would be subject to attack by left-wing echo chambers.
Ross recently hosted a big-money fundraiser for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, and the reaction from the Left has been swift and brutal. Ross's private businesses have suffered media scorn and boycotts. The NFL Players Coalition removed Ross from its midst. Numerous sports media ran the comments by Players Coalition member Chris Long:
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"... The coalition is autonomous. We don't work for the owners. In fact, we just got Steven Ross to agree to be off of our working group. We can make decisions like that."
The most piercing attacks on Ross and conservatives came from the Florio-Simms discussion (see file photo of Florio, at left, and Simms above). They say it's hypocritical of sports fans and conservative media to demand athletes and coaches stick to sports when NFL owners are raising money for the Republican president they detest.
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Florio began: "Trust me: I would love to stick to sports. Some times politics gets yanked onto sports. And we hear all the time, players and reporters, stick to sports. Well, is it fair, Chris, to turn it around on the owners and tell them to stick to sports? Stephen Ross isn't sticking to sports when he decided to host a $100,000, up to $250,000 per person fundraiser for the president. That's not sticking to sports. But nobody ever says that he should stick to sports."
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