As the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face each other in the biggest football game of the year, people are taking sides and deciding who they want to root for. Some people, however, are taking more extremist views and are politicizing the whole event.
Take, for example, the Daily Beast’s Corbin Smith—who wrote that white nationalists are more inclined to root for the Patriots.
In a tweet, the Daily Beast wrote, speaking of the Patriots, “Their star quarterback, coach, and owner all supported Trump. But that’s not the only thing that makes the Patriots the preferred team of white nationalists.”
The publication was critical in the report of the entire Boston-sports institution: “Of course, even if you do know stuff about Brady you may still think he’s on his way to pursuing this line of grifting. He flashed a red MAGA hat, an accouterment that is gaining more and more traction as a symbol of white nationalism in America, in his locker back in the primary days. He wasn’t the only one! Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick wrote a god***n letter to Trump right before the end of the campaign that basically amounted to an endorsement, that Trump then read on stage. And Pats’ owner Robert Kraft is also his pal, and was even shouted out at Trump’s pre-Inauguration dinner in D.C. for his most deep-pocketed donors.”
The report continued: “The whole institution of Boston sports, from root to stem, is tinged with the sort of racism that brought Trump into office. The Boston Red Sox were the last MLB team to desegregate, more than a decade after Jackie Robinson entered the league. The Sox’s first owner, Tom Yawkey, was an infamous racist whose speech was peppered with racial slurs. Larry Bird became a symbol of white resentment during his time in the NBA, his jersey appearing as a symbol of white entitlement to black spaces in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. His large teammate, Kevin McHale, was spotted at a Trump rally during the election.”
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino slammed the publication—as did many others.
“The internet is chock full of breathtaking stupidity,” Bongino said. “But The Daily Beast is a well of stupid that will never run dry. The author of this piece should seriously consider an entirely new line of work. It’s stuff like this that makes sane people wanna [throw up].”
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