I got an email today from a friend. Here it is:
I am so sick of mainstream sports journalism and how petty and negative its become. I am hearing so much about Colin Kapernick's choice to sit during the national anthem. That's his choice. Probably won't do much to provide concrete help with respect to the issues he is trying to highlight, but he is opting to sit as a symbolic gesture. OK. Two weeks ago Lebron James pledged to send 1,100 kids to college. It is estimated that will cost $41 million. HE IS SENDING 1,100 KIDS TO COLLEGE. If the media is going to talk about all the non-sports related things athletes are up to, why was this story just a blip, while people continue to dissect Colin Kapernick's choice to sit. ONE OF THESE CHOICES IS GOING TO HAVE AN ACTUAL IMPACT ON A COMMUNITY, and it's not the one the mainstream media has chosen to fill its 24 hour news cycle with.
I'M SO FED UP.
I think my friend was emailing me because I'm a member of the media. I guess my reply would be.
1) I hadn't even heard about LebRon's pledge. It apparently came out during the Olympics:
Did you even hear about the pledge?
2) There is nothing controversial about LebRon's pledge so there is nothing for people to debate. The media is generally about fight promotion.
But congrats to Lebron. I hadn't even heard about it.