It’s a real shame sports have become so politicized.
Unfortunately, a lot of these sports organizations have chosen to align with the radical and violent Black Lives Matter crowd.
NBA, MLB, NFL, you name it!
Now college football coaches are throwing their hats into the mix.
Alabama’s head football coach, Nick Saban, actually lead a BLM march with his players this week!
Take a look at the protest in the clip below:
Here's details on the protest from ESPN:
Alabama coach Nick Saban led dozens of his football players and other athletes on a march to protest social injustice and recent incidents of police brutality against Black men and women.
The group marched the short distance Monday on the school's campus from the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium, where segregationist Gov. George Wallace stood at the door in 1963 trying to block the entry of two Black students.
The Crimson Tide athletes, coaches and staff joined a series of organized events among football players and others in college athletics across the country in the wake of the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Such gatherings or marches have been held at schools such as Oklahoma, Kansas, Duke, Baylor, Mississippi and Mississippi State with others planned.
"For certain, we can't let this momentum die," tailback Najee Harris said. "This has to be an ongoing movement until change happens.
"We must do more as a team and as individuals to keep this movement going."
What these foolish players and coaches don't realize is that Americans will simply quit watching sports altogether.
The Blaze reports that many Americans quit tuning in because sports have become too political:
Saturday's elimination Game 5 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers managed to only attract 2.92 million viewers and a 1.8 rating. On the same day, more people watched NASCAR than the Lakers' series-clinching win. The NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona drew 3.87 million viewers and earned a 2.4 rating.
"Versus the comparable window last year, ratings fell 35% and viewership 30% from Game 1 of a Sixers-Raptors semifinal (1.95, 3.08M). Keep in mind last year's game aired exclusively on TNT," according to Sports Media Watch.
President Donald Trump noticed the ratings drop in the NBA and voiced his opinion on the topic on Twitter.
"People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA," he tweeted. "Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won't be coming back. I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!"
A new poll found that President Trump could be right about mixing political and social justice issues with sports. A new Harris Poll found that 38% of sports fans say they're watching fewer games because the NBA has "become too political." Republicans were more likely to turn off the NBA, as 57% said the NBA was "too political," compared to 22% of Democrats, according to Forbes.
The survey of nearly 2,000 people from over the weekend also found 28% of respondents were watching fewer sports because it was "boring without fans." The poll discovered that 19% of people were not watching the NBA because of the league's friendly association with China. Broken down by party lines, 36% of Republicans said they weren't watching the NBA because of close ties to China, versus 8% for Democrats.
Saban received a lot of criticism for leading the march.
And rightfully so!
These players are probably receiving a free college education.
What sort of racial oppression are they facing?
Saturday Down South details Saban's response to the backlash he's received:
If anyone had a problem with Nick Saban marching with his players this week to protest social injustice, the Alabama coach could care less.
In fact, Alabama recently promoted the team’s efforts in Tuscaloosa.
When asked to respond to the criticism he received online, that’s basically the message Saban relayed, although he said it far more elegantly.
“Look, I don’t have an opinion about everybody else’s opinion,” Saban said during this Wednesday media availability. “I don’t have an opinion about, you know, we try to do the right things, we try to provide positive leadership for our players. Like I said, on Monday, we’re trying to elevate our players’ chances of having success in their life through their personal development, academic support, so they can graduate and develop a career. And, you know, what kind of career they can develop as a football player but a part of that is also providing leadership to elevate people around them – by using their platform in a positive way.