NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace was roundly booed by fans Wednesday during his first racing track appearance following a controversial incident in which he claimed a hangman’s noose had been hung in his garage stall.
Bubba Wallace got booed. pic.twitter.com/natSFrQu4C
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) July 17, 2020
The presence of an alleged noose in Bubba’s garage stall before a NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama became a major controversy within the sport, with most of the competing racers joining Wallace for a walk around the racetrack in solidarity with a competitor who had been allegedly targeted in a racist act. However, following a NASCAR and FBI hate crime investigation involving no less than 15 FBI agents, it was revealed that the alleged noose was no more than a garage door pull, placed in the garage months before Wallace was ever assigned the spot.
Wallace has contrasted between acknowledging the incident was a false alarm and continuing to maintain that the rope in question was a noose in various media interviews.
Wallace later failed to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race during the qualifier at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, crashing during the race.
Wallace went on to castigate another driver who he held responsible for his racetrack crash, calling Michael McDowell a “joke.”
— NASCAR Alerts (@NASCAR_Alerts) July 15, 2020
Wallace went on to place the bumper of his racecar in front of McDowell’s garage, sending a message of some sort to his competitor.
Not a happy driver.
— Noah Lewis (NASCAR Writer) (@Noah_Lewis1) July 15, 2020
Conservative-Friendly Sports Writer Jason Whitlock: First Woman to Play in Power Five College Football Game a “Make-A-Wish” Publicity Stunt
The voice of reason.
Jason Whitlock, a former ESPN and Fox Sports writer and current OutKick columnist, did not hold back in his criticism of the Sarah Fuller publicity stunt and the subsequent reaction that called her a “hero” and a “trailblazer.”
Sarah Fuller is a goalie for the Vanderbilt University women’s soccer team. But Vanderbilt’s football team, already having a dreadful enough of a season as it is, at one point did not have a kicker going into Saturday’s contest against Missouri—because of, you guessed it, COVID-19. So they turned to Fuller and added her to the roster, thus making her the first woman to ever play in a Power Five college football game. (Power Five refers to the sport’s five major conferences: the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. Vanderbilt is an SEC team.)
Her only appearance in the game—which Vanderbilt lost 41-0—featured her squib kicking the ball to Missouri’s 37-yard line at the beginning of the second half and dashing to the sideline. That’s it.
So it was only a matter of time before Whitlock, who does not describe himself as conservative but is clearly conservative-friendly, bashed the virtue-signaling surrounding Fuller’s appearance.
“Sarah Fuller briefly made football socially acceptable for America’s most ardent virtue-signalers. That was her primary accomplishment, pleasing Make A Wish America,” Whitlock wrote. “I don’t believe she played football. She scored a point in the culture war.”
Whitlock acknowledges that Fuller is an elite athlete, given that she plays goalie for a Division 1 soccer team which just won its conference championship last week and is heading for the NCAA Tournament in the spring, but says that putting her in this situation only diminishes female athletes.
“I don’t blame Sarah Fuller. She’s an accomplished, high-level Division 1 athlete. She’s a soccer goalie for the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team. She’s been baited into believing competing against men is her North star. Maybe it is. It shouldn’t be,” he wrote.
He added: “Sarah Fuller is an elite soccer player. She’s a terrible football player, arguably the worst to ever take the field in the SEC. The announcers during the game said [Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason] wasn’t comfortable using her [to] kick field goals unless they were inside the 15-yard line. There were pictures of her warming up in pregame kicking 14-yard field goals. Her athleticism does not need to be validated by competing against men in any capacity, let alone in a sport that is not her specialty.”
Whitlock also attacked “culture warriors” for hailing Fuller as “Jackie Robinson 2.0” and spending tons of money to prop up women as the athletic equals of men.
“There’s a lot of money being spent to create the illusion that women can and should be playing football against men. The people spending the money hate football. It epitomizes ‘toxic masculinity’… except when women are on the field. Football should also be shuttered because of the head trauma dangers… unless women are playing. Oh, and during this COVID pandemic, it’s irresponsible for these Power 5 schools to exploit these college athletes… unless there’s a woman playing.”
Read Whitlock’s entire op-ed here. Thank God the sports writing world has at least one voice who can speak the truth like this. As someone who used to write about sports myself, I’m well aware that there are far too few Whitlocks in the profession.
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