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The founder of the sports website Outkick slammed ESPN and one of its senior writers in a column published Monday condemning the country’s position against the US Supreme Court over mass shootings, allegations of police misconduct and decisions by millions of Americans. was done. “In the waking albatross of a column on the front page of your site arguing that America is terrible.”
Clay Travis, who co-founded the website, enlisted writer Howard Bryant to work on his 4th of July title “Baseball, Barbecue, and Losing the Freedom This Fourth of July”, while repeatedly using his 2011 arrest for assaulting his wife and a police officer For which he got probation.
“As you read this systematic destruction of this waking garbage from ESPN published on July 4th, I want you to ask yourself: How does this piece serve sports fans in any way?” Travis wrote in his own column: “ESPN Hates America on July 4, Loves Vocal Columnist Arrested for Choking His Wife.”
Travis took issue with several points in Bryant’s column, including his recollection of July 4 being “the best day of the year.” He said that many of the July 4th holidays during Bryant’s youth may have occurred in the 1970s and ’80s, at a time when President Richard Nixon asked officials from Watergate, high inflation under President Jimmy Carter, and the Cold War with the Soviet Union. had resigned.
“My purpose in bringing this all up is only to show that far from being all right, the 1970s and 1980s were also full of political turmoil and hardships,” he wrote. “Yet America was great in Bryant’s mind.”
Bryant also referred to later years in his column 9/11 showing patriotism It has become common practice in sporting events.
He wrote, “By now, we’ve all been numb to the spectacle. At least publicly, July 4th shifted from family to symbols years ago – September 11th did.” “Two decades of paid patriotism make it hard for the Fourth to focus on reuniting with their favorite aunts and uncles. No backyard barbecue and badminton game can match 20 years of military homage and undeniable nationalism.”
Travis responded, “This pivot is fascinating because Bryant is arguing directly that the 4th of July celebration of the 1970s and 1980s was not about patriotism, that it was only after 9/11 that the 4th of July was wrapped up in American symbolism and patriotism.” ” “This is quite frankly, 100% wrong.”
The Fourth of July has been celebrated since 1777, and has been a federal holiday since 1870. Presidents on both sides have issued Fourth of July proclamations of patriotism for more than a century.
At the beginning of his column, Bryant writes about a politically divided United States, while alluding to the recent vicissitudes of Cry. v. wadewhich made abortion legal at the federal level in 1973.
“Grilling, baseball and fireworks, formerly replaced by symbols – and now a country completely falling apart. July 4, 2022, falls in the midst of mayhem,” he wrote. “It’s Independence Day in America with freedom under current and constant attack. From Miranda’s rights to the environment, to the separation of church and state, to guns — lots of guns — people are walking around.”
Bryant continued, “The U.S. Supreme Court has run a series of what was known by two generations of Americans as the legal baseline of their lives. Millions of women today don’t feel free and certainly don’t celebrate freedom.” have been.” “Those who may become pregnant, those who feel vindicated by the court, may do so by the victory of their position, but it is nonetheless true that the power of choice – and the right to privacy – was taken from all of them. Is.”
He then targeted people involved in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol in Washington DC.
In his criticism, Travis called the column “a long list of political grievances, without rhyme or reason,” that focused on the riots.
“If you’re thinking to yourself, why do I care about the opinion of some random dudes on a sports website on January 6th, shut up and read on, you’re a rebellious rebel!” They said. “January 6 seems to end, and strangely intersects with the game, but not before Bryant lies and says that the police were killed on January 6. It seems like a deliberate error, As I said above, several people probably edited this piece weeks before it was published.”
The rebuttal column also took issue with Bryant’s people who refused to wear masks during this time. covid-19 pandemic And those who express compassion for Palestinians and black people, including black athletes who speak up about injustice.
“Are you kidding me? We lit up the entire NBA season on the court with ‘Black Lives Matter’,” Travis wrote. With the players’ names on the uniforms replaced with social justice slogans, every major brand in America fell for BLM to donate as much money as possible. Colin Kaepernick has 18 different documentaries to pay for. is being done, including an all-out production deal. ESPN.”
“From this point forward, the articles are all left-wing political grudge and victim culture. That’s okay, their self-defeating wake-up arguments are their own, but the important thing here is that they are also ESPN’s own opinion,” he continued. “Even if you think that Bryant’s gambling game meets ESPN’s stated goal of ‘serving sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere,’ it’s important to recognize that in this column, An opinion arguing to the contrary shall never be allowed or Publish Anywhere on ESPN,