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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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Country Music Legend and Avowed Constitutional Patriot Charlie Daniels Dies at 83

Rest in peace, Charlie Daniels.

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Country music performer and hardcore constitutional patriot Charlie Daniels has died at the age of 83 following complications from suffering a stroke.

He is mourned by members of the country music scene who appreciate his legendary contributions to the genre:

In addition to being a celebrated musician, Daniels also advocated for freedom throughout his life. He was an avid supporter of the Constitution and devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

Daniels started The Journey Home Project (TJHP) in 2014 to help veterans recover from the battlefield when they return home and prevent the suicide epidemic that continues among military personnel. He held the annual Patriot Day dinner, giving awards to community heroes to help raise money for his veterans’ fund.

“I have learned a lot since we started this,” Daniels said at last year’s event. “I knew there were things our veterans needed, but I had no idea how diverse and how many there were and how badly a lot of things were needed. We think the Veteran’s Administration is going to take care of our folks, but bureaucracies are slow by definition. Some of the needs are immediate so organizations like us and others that we support—we give money to other organizations that are doing the same thing we are—we try to fill in the gaps. We try to make life more comfortable for our vets, and the things we give are needs. They aren’t luxuries. They are basic needs.”

Daniels was extremely outspoken about his conservative beliefs, frequently criticizing former President Barack Obama and supporting President Trump’s “America First” agenda to defeat the New World Order.

“Christians will never accept government as their god, and people with guns are willing to protect their stand against any government who would infringe on their beliefs,” Daniels wrote.

Some of the final posts published on Daniels’ Twitter account before his passing showed that he remained at peace with his creator until the end of his life:

“Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need,” a statement issued by Daniels’ representatives following his death reads.

Daniels will be missed by millions of his fans, but his proud legacy will live on for generations.

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