ESPN Host Blasts Network For Discouraging Political Talk

ESPN Host Blasts Network For Discouraging Political Talk

ESPN Host Blasts Network For Discouraging Political Talk

On Thursday's broadcast of the "Dan Le Batard Show", Le Batard used his platform to call attention to the "abhorrent, obviously racist, risky rhetoric", which is how Fox Sports 1 host, Nick Wright, described the President's actions on Wednesday night.

The ESPN radio host took to the airwaves and had several targets in mind after the crowd at Donald Trump's rally Wednesday night chanted "send her back" in reference to congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

LE BATARD, the son of Cuban immigrants (his father GONZALO "PAPI" LE BATARD co-hosts ESPN's "HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE" and is the imaging voice for his son's radio show), added that the issue "isn't about politics; it's about race, (and) what you're seeing happening around here is about race and it's been turned into politics - we only talk about it around here when (WARRIORS coach) STEVE KERR or (SPURS coach GREGG) POPOVICH says something".

In a May interview with Vox, ESPN President, Jimmy Pitaro, had this to say about the mix of politics and ESPN: "What we don't want is people to tune into ESPN, or people to tune into an ESPN feed on a social platform and get pure political commentary".

Former ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill criticized Trump on Twitter in 2017, calling him "a white supremacist".

"You saw what happened" after Hill made national headlines for her back-and-forth with Trump, Le Batard said Thursday. "We don't talk about what is happening unless there's some sort of weak, cowardly sports angle that we can run it through - when sports has been a place where this stuff changes".

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The host went on to call the company's policy a "weak-ass shield", and closed his monologue by zeroing in on the "send her back" chants at Wednesday night's rally.

Le Batard referred to and praised a tweet by FS1's Nick Wright, who wrote, "I don't talk politics on here but this isn't political, this is obvious: This is abhorrent, obviously racist, risky rhetoric and not calling it out makes you complicit". And by the way, we've talked about this a bunch in the past, but we try to make as many decisions as possible based on data. "I will tell you I have been very, very clear with employees here that it is not our jobs to cover politics, purely", he told the Washington Post.

Le Batard didn't seem to care. He brought up the civil rights era efforts of star athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Bill Russell, saying that "what has happened to minorities in this country" is "our greatest sin" and something "we're still paying for now". "Send her back" - how are you any more American than her?

Le Batard's own parents fled Fidel Castro's Cuba so he and his brother might find better lives in America. You're more privileged, you're whiter, you're richer, people don't know whether your money is real or not. You've had every privilege afforded to you, every privilege!

"We won't talk about it, unless [Seahawks quarterback] Russell Wilson is saying something about it on his Instagram page".

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