A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)

Things We Saw Today: ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Calls out the Network’s ‘Cowardly’ No-Politics Policy

Recommended Videos

Despite ESPN’s policy of not being political, host Dan Le Batard took a moment to address the racist Trump rally and the chanting that took place. Le Batard’s parents are from Cuba so it was no wonder he felt driven to speak (although that hasn’t motivated people like Marco Rubio to speak).

“What happened last night, this felt un-American,” he said on his radio show Thursday.

“It’s not the America that my parents aimed to get for us, for exiles, for brown people. There’s a racial division in this country that’s being instigated by the president and we here at ESPN haven’t had the stomach for that fight because Jemele [Hill] did some things on Twitter, and you saw what happened after that and then here, all of a sudden, nobody talks politics on anything unless they use one of these sports figures as a meat shield in the most cowardly possible way to discuss these subjects.”

I really appreciate that he brought up Jemele Hill because her comments about Trump were powerful and apt, but the way ESPN treated her was one of the ways that Sports news really let down the POC audiences and athletes who follow them.

“We don’t talk about what is happening unless there’s some sort of weak, cowardly sports angle that we can run it through when sports has always been the place where this stuff changes,” Le Batard added.

The entire speech is great and you can hear it in the tweet below.

(via The Hill, image: Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)

Happy Friday and don’t forget to to check out our latest episode of Well Actually…

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article The 2024 Cicadapocalypse Is Almost Upon Us in Illinois
A cicada. It's a bug.
Read Article TikToker Ms. Rachel Experiences Bullying Over Fundraiser for Children in Conflict Zones
Ms. Rachel for Littles and Jules for Littles on TikTok
Read Article The Nuns of Benedictine College Slam Harrison Butker’s Commencement Speech
Harrison Butker arrives at the Allegiant Stadium before Super Bowl LVIII
Read Article What To Know About Disability Pride Month
Colorful stick figures and disability symbols together on a dark background
Read Article The 14 Best LEGO Star Wars Battle Packs To Make Your Enemies Fear You
Ahsoka Tano fights an Inquisitor in 'Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi'
Related Content
Read Article The 2024 Cicadapocalypse Is Almost Upon Us in Illinois
A cicada. It's a bug.
Read Article TikToker Ms. Rachel Experiences Bullying Over Fundraiser for Children in Conflict Zones
Ms. Rachel for Littles and Jules for Littles on TikTok
Read Article The Nuns of Benedictine College Slam Harrison Butker’s Commencement Speech
Harrison Butker arrives at the Allegiant Stadium before Super Bowl LVIII
Read Article What To Know About Disability Pride Month
Colorful stick figures and disability symbols together on a dark background
Read Article The 14 Best LEGO Star Wars Battle Packs To Make Your Enemies Fear You
Ahsoka Tano fights an Inquisitor in 'Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi'
Author
Princess Weekes
Princess (she/her-bisexual) is a Brooklyn born Megan Fox truther, who loves Sailor Moon, mythology, and diversity within sci-fi/fantasy. Still lives in Brooklyn with her over 500 Pokémon that she has Eevee trained into a mighty army. Team Zutara forever.