National Anthem vs. Normalcy: Trump’s Mixed Messaging On Return To Sports

President Trump has a message for professional and college athletes contemplating whether to suit up amid the coronavirus: Play ball — but only after the closing lines of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Still, many see no contradiction between wanting to watch professional sports and avoid political controversy at the same time. Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham's Shut Up And Sing has become to some fans "Shut up and dribble."

“From LeBron’s hypocrisy on China to woke slogans on the back of NBA jerseys to kneeling during the national anthem, Americans, by and large, prefer to keep their politics and sports separate irrespective of their political leanings," said Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist. "These are trying times. We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and sports, whether professional or amateur, are a form of escapism from the hard realities we face. So, President Trump is saying what many, even those who disagree with him politically, are thinking, 'play ball,' but please leave the politics in the locker room.”

Read more from W. James Antle III at the Washington Examiner

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published this page in In The News 2020-08-12 11:28:54 -0400
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