So many heroes. So little time.
It all started when washed up quarterback, Colin Kaepernick bravely took a knee during the playing of the national anthem. This act of courage was intended, says Kaepernick, to call attention to racial prejudice and inequality. He heroically was able to do that even though he had to suffer through the morass of white privilege himself being adopted. How does he do it? But then he could help but to “just do it” when he inked a $10 million dollar Nike deal. Because sometimes you just have to “sacrifice . . . even if it costs you everything.”
Then there’s Megan Rapinoe, the charming lesbo-fascist who led the US girl’s soccer team to victory. How, you ask? Well, she was able to kick a soccer ball through an opening the size of a two-car garage. Her new found fame for this seismic ability, allowed her to bash the US President even though she was essentially an ambassador for the oppressive, racist, sexist, homophobic country from which she comes. And in her crowning achievement, she courageously bashed her own parents as needing psychiatric care because they “watch Fox News.” In addition to her hero status, she’s been nominated for a Lifetime Tolerance Trophy. Way to go Rapinoe.
The most recent entrant to the Sports Hero Induction Team, Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid. Reid knelt in silent protest just before a 27-14 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills. Reid’s a close friend of Kaepernick and told a friend, “if I could score $10 million like Colin and not have to go to practice, that be sweet.” Reid took the occasion to lash out at rapper Jay-Z, “When has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling? For him to get paid by the NFL . . . it’s asinine. He got paid to take the bullets that he’s taking now because we’re not having it.” When it was pointed out to Reid that he also takes millions from the NFL, he responded, “Yeah, well, that’s different ’cause I took a knee.” There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to rise above principle. Reid demonstrates exactly the stuff that today’s sports heroes are full of, I mean made of.