2020 was the year left-wing politics finally took over American sports.
Millions of Americans were not happy about this.
And LeBron James protested Donald Trump. Now you won’t believe what happened next.
Sports Illustrated used to be a major part of the Americans sports landscape.
But in the 21st century with social media and instant analysis available online and on hundreds of cable channels, a magazine that covers the previous week’s events hardly seems relevant.
The fading institution has been repeatedly bought and sold as the money-losing magazine descends into woke politics to try and hold enough of an audience to stay alive.
In December, the magazine always awards its Sportsmen of the Year and naturally, in 2020, it picked five athletes – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, his teammate Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, women’s tennis player Naomi Osaka, Women’s basketball player Breanna Stewart and Lebron James – as the Sportsmen of the Year.
James, Stewart, Osaka, and Mahomes all were selected on the basis of their anti-Trump protests and political activism.
Duvernay-Tardif was the only truly deserving selection as he left the Chiefs to return to Canada to work in a long term care facility – Duvernay-Tardif previously attended medical school – to fight coronavirus.
The editors of Sports Illustrated wrote:
And so our Sportsperson of the Year award goes to five men and women who in 2020 were champions in every sense of the word: champions on the field, champions for others off it. Patrick Mahomes, the Super Bowl MVP who used his platform as the NFL’s transcendent star to push the league to recognize the Black Lives Matter movement and players’ rights to protest. Naomi Osaka, the U.S. Open tennis champion who embraced her fame and found her voice in the fight against social injustice. Breanna Stewart, who returned from a devastating injury to lead her team to the WNBA title and who spoke loudly against racism and for women’s equality. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs’ lineman who became a Super Bowl champion and then left the NFL to join the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. And James, who led the Lakers to the NBA title, won his fourth Finals MVP trophy and worked tirelessly to end voter suppression and ensure that in 2020 everyone—especially Black people—had equal access to the polls.
The sports media is even farther Left than the political media.
Sports Illustrated once again proved that to be true with this politically motivated award.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.