Though few believe it, ESPN swears that it’s not a political network. Many of its personalities just happen to hate conservatives. Keith Olbermann and former SportsCenter co-host Jemele Hill are legendary among them, and a few days ago, ESPN’s Domonique Foxworth bashed the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen and his American flag- and dog-loving fans.
Appearing on the Bomani Jones ESPN radio program, “The Right Time,” Foxworth told his far-Left host:
“I am fully aware that I have biases. And my biases are not based on Josh Allen. It’s based on the people that are defending Josh Allen. I would be 100 percent lying if I said that when Josh does something dumb, a little part of me doesn’t get happy. And it’s not because I don’t want Josh to succeed.
“It’s because the people who are telling me that Josh is the second coming and Josh is better than everybody are people with American flags and dogs and skulls and crossbones. … If you go just take a dip into their tweet history, it’s some really concerning retweets and likes. … It’s not about Josh.”
A former NFL player and past president of the NFL Players Association who now hosts the video series “I Don’t Give A Damn” on ESPN’s The Undefeated blog, Foxworth (appearing in photo) said he is generally pro-player. However, Allen and his fans are “the ground on which we are fighting.”
Those flag-waving, dog-loving fans are a real radical bunch, all right. In fact, Allen’s Twitter account includes many mentions of Bills fans’ $700,000 in donations to the Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. These dog-loving flag wavers poured out all this generosity in honor of Allen’s late grandmother.
Allen has been a big booster of the children’s hospital, and Touchdown Wire reported in November, “The #Billsmafia and the team’s fans have come up huge again this week. And Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen just pumped the fund-raising effort to a major plateau.”
After Foxworth went low on Allen and his fans, they went high again. The ESPN criticism sparked a campaign for donations to the National Diaper Bank Network, which helps families that are struggling to provide necessities for their children.
Allen is having a real good year for the AFC East Division-leading Bills, throwing for 28 touchdowns and more than 3,600 yards. So what about the dumb things Foxworth refers to?
Jones and Foxworth both ridiculed Allen’s up-and-down performance in last year’s playoff game against Houston. There were TD passes, fumbles, sacks and interceptions, putting Allen in good company with every other NFL quarterback who has his been both good and bad at times. To Foxworth, those ups and downs have to be qualified by the quarterback’s fan base, some of it conservative.
Allen was shamed by media before he ever got drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Bottom-feeding Twitter dredgers tried to cancel him for foolish tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013. Allen was a teen-ager at the time.
A Youtube site called Blacksite Live, published by a Bills fan, accused Foxworth of racism and said he should be fired.
When ESPN gets political, it’s conservative politicians who typically draw the big yellow flags. And now fans aren’t even spared condemnation from ESPN’s television and radio lefties.