Sports’ Golden Gods Proving Themselves Just Brass Asses

Sports’ Golden Gods Proving Themselves Just Brass Asses

Turn on the television any given night, and you’re likely to see late night host Jimmy Kimmel bloviating like a public healthcare expert, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick pretending to be a professor of criminal justice, or perhaps even crooner Stevie Wonder warning us about the dangers of global warming. Instead of finding entertainment where once you expected it to be, we now find ourselves on the mean streets of 21st Century political discourse. If National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is wondering why ratings for the sport that pays him millions are falling, or Warner Bros. executives struggling to understand why movie-goers are on the decline, look no further. Where sporting events or the Oscars used to offer a few hours in which to forget about controversy and simply be entertained, we now are treated as captive audiences to a constant parade of celebrity political manifestos. Celebrities wail that they have a duty and a right to use their high paid posts to effect political change; and the hubris to think that their audiences should actually care. In no rational universe is the ability to throw an air-filled pigskin sack 60-yards down a field a sign of any greater understanding of public policy or political philosophy, than someone who never laced up a pair of cleats in his life; nor does hosting a late night talk show lend credibility to one’s personal political views. Having a broad public podium, and having a broad knowledge of issues, are two entirely different things. In fact, when actually pressed on workable solutions for the very issue over which he was making...