Well, it certainly didn’t take long for the folks at Sports Illustrated to capitalize on the so-called “take a knee” movement. Here’s the magazine’s Tuesday cover:
this can’t be real pic.twitter.com/ZZom09wEIX
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 26, 2017
Unfortunately, it is real.
But if this cover has you scratching your head, it’s because it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. First of all, none of the athletes or officials depicted are on their knees. Second, the lineup is kind of ridiculous. In the front row you have NBA stars Lebron James and Steph Curry linking arms with universally disliked NFL CEO Rodger Goddell, while the back two rows feature from left to right: Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars; Aaron Rodgers; Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr; Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints; Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks; Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks; and Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics.
What common denominator does this hodgepodge of people have? Well, they’ve all spoken out against President Donald Trump following his vehement condemnation of on-field protests. In other words, with this cover Sports Illustrated is implying that all of sports are united in their opposition of President Donald Trump.
Seems like a great way to lose subscribers.
But wait just a second. Wasn’t the “take a knee” movement initially started as a protest against police brutality? Yes, it was. But there’s no sign of that or Colin Kaepernick here, because it’s just a lot more fun and commercial to hate on Trump than it is to talk about police brutality.
Stick to sports, Sports Illustrated. Your bottom line needs it.
H/T: Daily Wire
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