For the last year-and-a-half, ESPN has proudly shied away from political and social issues. Network president Jimmy Pitaro will tell anybody who will listen how the WorldWide Leader is now apolitical, thanks to his sterling leadership and apparent mandate to kiss up to Clay Travis and other bad faith trolls.
And Dan Le Batard is sick of it.
In a captivating rant Thursday, Le Batard ripped into ESPN for only discussing social issues through the guise of sports, calling the tactic cowardly. The radio host spent the segment condemning President Trump for his racist attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar, which culminated in a fervent crowd at one of his rallies chanting “Send her back!” earlier this week.
Rep. Omar is a Somali refugee and naturalized U.S. citizen who represents Minnesota’s fifth congressional district.
Kudos to Le Batard for speaking his mind and outright defying ESPN management, which touts its new policy of avoidance at every turn. Midsummer is a nice time to get suspended, at least.