After his inflammatory comments in the wake of several protests against police brutality across the country, someone on TV finally came to the defense of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Surprisingly, it was the ringleader of the "stick to sports" movement.
Right-wing provocateur and controversial Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who isn't above personally attacking high school students involved in the Parkland shooting, came out in defense of Brees, equating any criticism of Brees' comments to tactics used to crush dissent in Stalin's Soviet Union. If that name sounds familiar to sports fans, that's because she's the same person who told LeBron James to "shut up and dribble" when he started to take more of a hands-on role as an activist.
Hmm. There seems to be a reason that Brees' comments are apparently fine, but James was shouted down as ill-informed.
Ingraham can't pick and choose which athletes are allowed to make political statements based on what opinions she likes. Either all athletes are allowed to speak out and suffer the consequences, or none are.
Given the increasingly visible role that athletes and sports as a whole are having, both positively and negatively on the current social climate, this likely won't be the last piece of inauthentic dreck that Ingraham pushes in the next few days.