Before I say anything, I want to make something clear.

Politics are important. 

Politics are a facet of everyday life that should be in every American’s thoughts. It is what shapes the lives of our citizens, what has made the American infrastructure, and has a lot to do with everything good and bad about the country. They are necessary.

With that being said, things are a little bit different when it comes to the world of sports. The world of sports is a reality of its own. It is where dreams are made and where imaginations fly. Where kids become legends and where the average joe can find a sense of family among other like-minded individuals.

When a person becomes a fan of a team, it has nothing to do with the political affiliation of the members of that team. It doesn’t have anything to do with the personal opinions of the players or coaches of that team on matters like national security, healthcare, or climate change. It is because of how the players and coaches on that team perform. Because of their tempo, their style, and their abilities.

Along with sports, come announcers, broadcasters, and reporters. Many sports fans, including myself, like to follow these sport celebrities on social media and watch them on TV to get their takes on breaking news. However, we do not follow them because of their stances on political matters.

When you go to a sports analysts twitter and it is full of hot takes such as this one..

or this…

It can be pretty aggravating.

This is not because these people should not have voices, they are American citizens of course. It is simply because that is not what their platform was made for. As a sports writer, your following does not grow so that you can spew political takes whenever you want, those followers want sports and nothing but sports.

For example, Michelle Beadle of ESPN recently tweeted this:

The issue with this statement is not in that freedom of speech does not apply to Beadle, it obviously does. The problem with this statement is that the approximately 1,300,000 who follow her on Twitter, do not follow her because of her knowledge of American politics. They follow her because of her knowledge of sports.

And it’s not just reporters.

“If we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country by really going against the principles that this country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way to go about it.” -Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors Head Coach

With a quote like this, you’d think it was coming from a reporter from a political source or possibly even someone who holds a public office. No, this quote was from a press conference with the coach of the Golden State Warriors and former player, Steve Kerr.

Frankly put, that’s not what these people are getting paid hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of dollars to talk about. The media doesn’t pay attention to what doctors or bankers think about elections and it should be no different for those in the sports world, considering neither has a line of work that has anything to do with politics.


“Either you can do it or you can’t do it—you can’t bullshit. Ultimately, sports are just about as close to what one would call the truth as it is possible to get in this world.” -Harry Crews

And that is why you can’t mix politics with sports. People look to sports to give them solace in troubling times. Sports teams give people hope when they may not be able to find it in the rest of their lives. Don’t mix that up with political stances that based off of personal opinions. Leave sports pure and factual.

Just let the best team win.

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ACC Department Head / Content Contributor for Armchair UNC / The Armchair All-Americans LLC
I am nothing but a southern boy, from the prototype of small town USA; raised on sweet tea, good manners, and basketball. I modeled my game as a averagely athletic, Tyler Hansbrough with a jumpshot and it earned me a few emails from D-3 schools, so I write now. I attend the University of North Carolina and treat our teams like royalty. Go Heels, Go America, baby!
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ACC Department Head / Content Contributor for Armchair UNC / The Armchair All-Americans LLC
I am nothing but a southern boy, from the prototype of small town USA; raised on sweet tea, good manners, and basketball. I modeled my game as a averagely athletic, Tyler Hansbrough with a jumpshot and it earned me a few emails from D-3 schools, so I write now. I attend the University of North Carolina and treat our teams like royalty. Go Heels, Go America, baby!

6 COMMENTS

  1. I’m fine with moderate political tweets from these personalities. Like if they don’t agree and make it known. But Clay Travis attacks people on his.

    I’m not cool with these views leaking into their reports/press conferences. I don’t care to hear (probably misinformed) commentary from people while they’re working.

  2. Steve Kerr’s dad was assassinated by terrorists when he worked as president of the American University of Beirut. He is much more knowledgeable than most politicians on this issue. He was also asked a question directly about it.

  3. Although I understand why a lot of people are not fan’s of mixing sports and politics, I disagree. Especially when it comes to social media. This is similar to Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes. These individuals are using their platform to create a discourse surrounding the most important issues facing the United States today. Is it really their fault that thousands of people decided to follow them on Twitter? And if we’re going in the ‘stay in your lane’ direction, why should anyone be allowed to tweet about politics?

  4. It’s such a complex issue. I go back and forth on it honestly, but sometimes I do get tired of flipping the television on to a sports channel and seeing them talk about politics. I don’t care what viewpoint or whatever they are espousing; I just want to forget the real world and watch sports.

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