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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Claims “Tanking” in Professional Sports is Racist

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On Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s “First Take,” co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman locked horns in a contentious debate over the idea of “tanking” in professional sports, specifically the NBA.

The debate over tanking has raged on for years now with NBA teams, like the Philadelphia 76ers, deciding to spend a few years actively trying to finish the season with as few wins as possible in an effort to maximize their chances for a top draft pick in the next year’s draft, all in the hope of being able to draft a few future superstars to build their franchise around.

Of course, while there is plenty of subject matter to argue about when it comes to the tanking discussion, Smith chose the popular path of ESPN employees these days – he played the race card.

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Apparently, according to Smith, tanking is racist because black executives in professional sports would never have the “luxury” of being able to actively try to lose while keeping their jobs.

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“So let me get this straight. We can sit out there and take 18, 19, 20 to 25-year-olds and beyond and tell them to compete with one another, but ok, an executive who usually is white in situations like this, by the way, you don’t even have to compete. You can stink up the joint, stink it up for years to come… I’m saying that the luxury of being able to lose on purpose and still have tenure — it ain’t happening for one of the brothers. Let me be very, very clear,” Smith claimed.

He then went on to directly challenge his co-host, Kellerman, a guy who’s taken the social justice warrior path many times himself, like when he seriously suggested banning Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish” mascot because it’s racist.

“Tell me one African-American in the history of sports as an executive that had the license to lose on purpose and tell the world that’s what they were doing and still keep their job,” Smith yelled at Kellerman. “Take your time. I’ll wait.”

You can watch the exchange below:

https://youtu.be/VocSpaWRmro?t=4h8m56s

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Baylor University Students Rallied in Favor of Removing Monument of the University’s Co-Founder

Even Texas isn’t safe from woke iconoclasm.

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America’s culturally radical experiment will never end. 

On February 1, 2021, a number of Baylor University students kicked off a protest in front of the statue of Judge Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, calling for its removal. According to the Baylor Lariat, the demonstration took place on the 176th anniversary of Baylor University’s  founding and the first day of Black History Month.

According to Dion J. Pierre of Campus Reform, the protesters were dressed in all-black and held Black Lives Matter signs as they surrounded the statue for a photograph.

 “The point of the picture is not to remove Judge Baylor as a whole,” student Sam Onilenla commented.  “It’s to remove Judge Baylor from campus. I don’t want to see it on campus because I know I’m not supposed to be here, according to him. Having him off campus is going to be the start of racial healing.” 

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Onilenla continued by observing that Baylor was a “slave owner…and Confederacy supporter” whose effigy has no place “right in front of Waco Hall.” 

“There’s nothing religious about killing slaves or having those ideas,” Onilenla declared.

The Baylor student wants the Baylor statue to be moved to the Mayborn Museum. 

The protest of this statue was motivated by an incident in January when the Baylor University Police Department was called in to address a noise complaint against black students in the library. 

One officer allegedly said, “this is not a basketball arena. This is a study area.” 

According to the Baylor Lariat, the students were offended by the officers’ statement, which led them to create a petition that ended up receiving over 3,000 signatures.

On February 16 to 17, the Baylor Board of Regents reviewed a report and heard presentations by the Commission on Historic Campus Representations. This commission was set up in 2020 to determine if any “statues, buildings, or other tangible tributes on the Waco campus reflect a racist past.” 

This entity will likely determine the fate of the Baylor monument.

Texas has not been exempt from the cultural radicalism that most of the nation has been subjected to during the last year.

In a BLP report, athletes at the University of Texas were considering the removal of “The Eyes of Texas” song because of its supposedly racial connotations.

Texas right-wingers need to get ready to defend their heritage. The fights ahead will be cultural in nature and very much outside the milquetoast economic subjects they generally talk about.

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