1. I’m torn.
There is a part of me that feels bad ESPN gets labeled (unfairly) as being “too political” because that narrative is nonsense.
SportsCenter anchors aren’t covering the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Stephen A. Smith isn’t talking about people not taking jobs because they are getting unemployment money. College GameDay isn’t explaining Joe Biden’s infrastructure deal.
So to say ESPN covers politics is disingenuous.
Now, do ESPN personalities tweet about politics? Sure. I think they tweet more about social justice issues than politics, but I know people don’t appreciate nuance these days.
It doesn’t appear ESPN’s executive senior vice president Norby Williamson appreciates any of it, though.
In a new (and excellent) interview with The Ringer, former SportsCenter stalwart, Kenny Mayne discussed his departure from the network and shared some hard-to-believe stories about just how paranoid and sensitive ESPN is about the whole politics thing.