After news broke on Sunday afternoon of the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, the fake news immediately rushed to report the details – often getting the facts wrong in the process.
ABC: Kobe Bryant and 4 children killed.
FOX: Kobe Bryant and 3 others killed.
TMZ: Kobe Bryant survived by wife and 4 daughters.
— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) January 26, 2020
Reporter Matt Gutman of ABC News may have gotten the story more incorrectly than anyone else, claiming without evidence that Bryant’s four daughters all died in the crash.
“[T]he fact that four of his children are believed to be on that helicopter with him, all daughters, one of them a newborn, is simply devastating,” he said during a live broadcast before adding, “hoping that this is not the case but, you know, from the police reports right now, it appears that Kobe Bryant is down in that helicopter.”
After Gutman reported the fake news, ABC affiliates soon ran with it and blasted the false report into many different local markets. It was later confirmed that Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among the nine people killed in the helicopter crash that took place in the hills above Calabasas, Calif.
Lindsey Mastis, another reporter for an ABC affiliate in Washington D.C., also reported fake news when she said: “Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife and four children, so it does not appear they were on board the helicopter.”
ESPN even reported that Bryant’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Rick Fox was killed in the accident, which Fox himself confirmed was fake news.
I have personally communicated with Rick Fox via text since the news about Kobe dying came out PLEASE STOP spreading “news” unless you personally can confirm it!
— Jared Greenberg (@JaredSGreenberg) January 26, 2020
While most fake news reporters were getting the story wrong, others were busy pissing on Bryant’s grave based on a decades-old sexual assault accusation.
Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez angered thousands of Bryant supporters after she re-tweeted an article published following Bryant’s retirement from the NBA in order to drag his name through the mud.
Before she deleted her classless tweets following an epic ratio, Sonmez attempted to justify her actions to an enraged Twitter mob.
“Well, THAT was eye-opening. To the 10,000 people (literally) who have commented and emailed me with abuse and death threats, please take a moment and read the story — which was written 3+ years ago, and not by me. Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling. That folks are responding with rage & threats toward me (someone who didn’t even write the piece but found it well-reported) speaks volumes about the pressure people come under to stay silent in these cases,” Sonmez said in Twitter posts that she would later delete.
The fake news has showed yet again why they are so reviled by the American people in the aftermath of Bryant’s untimely and tragic death.
NFL Coach Bill Belichick Declines Presidential Medal of Freedom, Citing ‘Social Justice’ Reasons
More sportsball cowardice.
NFL coach Bill Belichick has caved to the politically correct mob and will be rejecting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump.
He made the announcement on Tuesday that he was rejecting the Medal of Freedom to the NFL Network.
“Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients. Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award,” Belichick said.
“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award,” he added.
Before he was gelded, Belichick had been a long-time friend of Trump, and he had endorsed Trump back in 2016 in a glowing letter that the soon-to-be president read to a New Hampshire crowd.
“Congratulations on a tremendous campaign. You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully – beautifully,” Belichick wrote. “You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing.”
“I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable. Hopefully tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again. Best wishes for great results tomorrow,” he added.
Unfortunately, the far-left NFL eventually wore Belichick down and he folded to the liberal mob.
Big League Politics has reported on the NFL’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter terror movement following the China-backed protests of washed up former QB Colin Kaepernick:
The National Football League is planning to play what some call the “Black National Anthem” before every Week One game during the 2020 season, a nod to dissatisfaction with the American National Anthem within the league’s player base and the broader liberal social justice movement in the United States.
The league will feature the song ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,’ playing it in a manner similar to how the Star Spangled Banner is traditionally played at games. Sources indicate that the former will be played before the latter.
NFL players will also be permitted the option of memorializing individuals who are allegedly the victims of police violence, wearing a sticker on their helmets with the names of individuals such as George Floyd.
The New England Patriots ought to change the name of their team after Belichick’s shameful capitulation and betrayal of President Trump.
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