ESPN’s ratings have been dropping significantly. Many people believe that it’s because ESPN keeps trying to inject politics into sports. ESPN’s “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman claimed that it was actually the NFL trying to inject politics into sports- by playing the national anthem.
“Colin Kaepernick also did not go looking for a protest. It came to him. He was asked to stand for the national anthem. You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place,” argued ESPN’s “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman.
Former ESPN host Jason Whitlock went onto Fox and attacked Kellerman for his awful argument. “Playing the national anthem at sporting events has been a long tradition that goes well beyond the NFL and football, and now we have people like Max, a good friend of mine but he’s far left-wing — there are people, they just want to overthrow everything and everything that we used to agree upon, that America’s good, that there are some ideas and values baked into the American culture we also baked into sports culture, those things are good,” argued Whitlock.
“We played the national anthem, respect the flag, respect our military, remind ourselves of what we like about America. And now there are people that have just bought into this far left ideology that let’s just overthrow everything,” said Whitlock.
“And we don’t agree upon whether America is a force for good or not. We don’t agree upon the values and principles we thought used to make America great. We don’t agree upon those. It’s a preposterous argument Max is making,” said Whitlock. Check out the video below.