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RUSH: Grab sound bite number 1. I want to go back to Friday because we had some sports stuff happen over the weekend, and this just documents that you should not doubt me. On Friday I was describing for everybody how professional sports is now — I don’t know if “embrace” is the right word. I guess for the sake of discussion “embrace” means loving. There is nothing love oriented here. Professional sports is now allowing itself to be totally corrupted by outside political forces for which we have used sports as a means of escaping, which was my point.

RUSH: ARCHIVE: An NFL game or a Sunday afternoon — or spending some time watching Major League Baseball, the NBA, college football, whatever — it’s a respite. It’s a place you go to escape all of this, including controversy, the controversy of politics, corruption, you name it. Now the sports leagues are embracing all that you use sports to escape from, and they are incorporating all of it into their daily presentation of their business — football games, baseball games, what have you.

RUSH: For example, what in the world are they thinking when coaches and even some owners say they will join their players in kneeling during the national anthem and the pregame? I mean, isn’t that, by the way, passe now? Aren’t we so far beyond what that protest is about? Anyway, what do they think is gonna happen? They’ve already got evidence of what happens to their audience when you do that, when just two or three players do it.

But you know they’re saying? “Well, we’re not gonna be able to have fans in the stands anyway because of the virus, so what the hell does it matter? If our players want to kneel, we’re gonna be right there with them showing solidarity.” You’re showing solidarity for a bunch of people who, whether they know it or not, are facilitating this anti-American movement. They are not promoting justice. They are not promoting safe police. They’re not promoting anything.

They are being used by the cabal of Marxists that is attempting to tear apart this country. What in the world do they think is the advantage that’s gonna accrue to them by doing this? “Well, Rush, think gonna be showing solidarity with the players. And that’s — that’s everything. They gonna be all in it together.” Yeah, well. Last I looked, the players were not investors in the league. They’re the ones being paid. So it just — history alone, it doesn’t make sense. Then I also, same show, made this point about some of the people really behind this.

RUSH ARCHIVE: It is white Millennial women that are propelling the Black Lives Matter movement. They’re funding it, they’re raising money for it, they are providing people on the ground. It’s an amazing cultural phenomenon to me.

RUSH: And you know why? Did you see the story over the weekend, the overwhelming almost majority, almost 80% support for everything going on among white educated women? College educated, white college educated women, almost 80% support this stupid CHOP/CHAZ place in Seattle. They support that concept. They support torching police. They support defunding the police. White college educated women.

What does that tell you about college education today? And then if you further subdivide the group into Millennial white women, it’s almost 95% support what’s going on here. Which makes it perfectly understandable. Emotion and unfairness and whatever else they’re being told is at the root of this.


RUSH: Recently I played a couple of sound bites of me talking about the NFL game on Sunday afternoon, the Major League Baseball game any day, what it represents, an escape from those things that distract us and escape from the things that upset us and escape from — it’s a bunch of things. But an NFL Sunday afternoon is Walter Mitty day, a chance to pretend we’re somebody we’re not, a chance to pretend that we might be able to do what we see on TV someday. Just a total escape.

And now they are telling us, “Oh, no, you can’t escape it. We’re gonna bring all the controversy you’re trying to escape right back to your house. We’re gonna bring it right to your sofa. If you’re in a stadium, we’re gonna bring it right to your seat. You are not gonna be able to escape because we’re gonna make sure that you understand how ticked off we are at the NFL, at your country. So we’re gonna protest your anthem and we’re gonna protest your flag. And you better understand that it’s not about your flag or your country, it’s about some racist, pig cops.”

Right. Okay. Fine. And they expect people to watch this. And then we had, you know, the fact that it is white Millennial women who, in large part, are supporting fundraising Black Lives Matter. So Sunday night on ESPN they did the ESPY Awards, and they had to do these things, of course, virtually because of the virus. So at the beginning of the 2020 ESPY’s, the host Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe, and Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird opened the 2020 ESPY’s with a message about sports and Black Lives Matter.

WILSON: Black lives matter. To my white teammates and friends, we need you to lead, too. Don’t just listen. Help.

BIRD: Do black lives matter to you when they’re not throwing touchdowns, grabbing rebounds, serving aces? If that was uncomfortable to hear, good.

RAPINOE: Colin Kaepernick never shied away. He knew that discomfort was essential to liberation and that fighting the oppression against black people is bigger than sports. No one deserves white privilege. It’s not something we earned. We can’t let sports try an take us back to the way things were.

BIRD: Our return must be a part for the fight for justice. Our return can’t just return to business as usual.

RUSH: And there you have it. So if you think that you’re gonna ever enjoy sports the way you once did, (raspberry) you. That was Megan Rapinoe. Well, she’s a soccer star, yes, that hated Trump and – (interruption) Well, Mr. Snerdley, be thankful. They’re telling you that you’re never gonna be able to enjoy or watch American sports again the way you used to. We can’t go back to business as usual. Well, you’ll do that by not watching, by not attending. That’s how you’ll kick back, push back, whatever.

I’m just telling you that they’re fully aware here that they ain’t gonna be what they used to be, they ain’t gonna be anybody’s escape. They ain’t gonna be just out there playing football or soccer and trying to be the best they can be, winning champions. Oh, no, no, no. They’re gonna be out there making sure everybody knows what a rotten bunch of people the pigs are. They’re gonna make sure everybody knows how unfair people have been to Black Lives Matter. They’re gonna make sure that people understand the mob is not gonna stop until the mob gets its way.

That’s gonna be the message every Sunday in the NFL and the coaches and the players are gonna kneel together when the anthem is played and the flag is waving. Brett Favre was also part of the ESPY awards – no, different show. Sorry. This is TMZ Sports. It’s a syndicated sports show. I don’t know who it is, but an unidentified correspondent was interviewing Brett Favre. He said, “People compare him to Jackie Robinson or Muhammad Ali. Do you see him with them? Is he someone who belongs in Canton some day for all he’s done on and off the field?”

Now, who do you think they’re talking about here? Yeah, they’re talking about Kaepernick. They’re asking Brett Favre about Kaepernick here. I wonder if these guys know that Muhammad Ali’s son, Muhammad Ali Jr., has come out in strident opposition to Black Lives Matter? You didn’t know that? It was in the New York Post last week. Muhammad Ali Jr., lives out in California. He said his dad would have nothing to do with these people. His dad wouldn’t want anything to do with them. It’s no wonder you haven’t heard anything about it.

All right. So here comes the answer. I’m assuming they’re asking Favre about Kaepernick here. Who else could it be? So the question again: “People compare him to Jackie Robinson or Muhammad Ali. Do you see him with them? Is he someone who belongs in Canton some day for all he’s done on and off the field?”

FAVRE: It’s not easy for a guy his age — black or white, Hispanic, whatever — to stop something that you’ve always dreamed of doing and put it on hold, maybe forever, for something that you believe in. I can only think of — right off the top of my head — Pat Tillman’s another guy who did something, you know similar, and we regard him as a hero. So I – I – I’d assume that hero status will – will be stamped with – with Kaepernick as well.

RUSH: Well, there you have it. So Colin Kaepernick has now been placed on the same pedestal as Pat Tillman. Now, do any of you know Pat Tillman? You know the Pat Tillman story? Well, let me just tell you about Pat Tillman. Pat Tillman was a vast overachiever. He was one of the hardest workers, one of the most devoted to whatever he was doing kind of guy you’d ever meet. He played for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. He was defensive back, safety.

And after 9/11 he was distraught and he thought that he wasn’t doing enough simply playing football to defend his country. So he told the Cardinals he was quitting, resigning, retiring. And he was going to try out for the American Special Forces unit. He wanted to become an Army Ranger. For that he had to go to Fort Bragg, by the way. And it is a rigorous — you know, next to the Navy SEALs, the Rangers are among the closest men that the United States has to supermen anywhere.

I know each branch has its Special Forces — that’s not intend as a slight to the SEALs or to the Green Berets, but the Rangers are indeed an elite unit. And he made it. He qualified. He was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. He came home to a hero’s salute, a prominent memorial, funeral, and burial. He would never kneel during the anthem. He never did. He would never kneel while the flag was flying. And yet Brett Favre has just placed Kaepernick in the same place as Pat Tillman. Well, it just depends on how you see things, I guess.

In the meantime, here’s Scott. Scott’s in Omaha, Nebraska. Great to have you, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Dittos to you, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: One of the best friends I’ve never met.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: I just wanted to make a comment. I work for a Fortune 100 company, and I’ll tell you that we’ve been getting all kinds of emails and webinars, web casts about sensitivity training. And it offended me in the sense that we are all looked at as racists, unfortunately, and that’s my take on this from the vision of our CEOs and executives of this business.

And my thought about that is — and I’m gonna tell you that I see CEOs all over the place when I watch some of these news stations and they’re falling all over themselves about sensitivity and about what we need to do. And if they’re so concerned about Black Lives Matter and they’re so concerned about race relations, what they ought to be doing is bringing these businesses back and putting them back in the inner cities. All this manufacturing that has left the United States of America ought to be bought back and give people a shot at making a true living and building some respect in themselves.

RUSH: Yeah, but you know what? That’s a great, great point. But they realize they don’t have to do that. All they’ve gotta do is go to these sensitivity training seminars. That’s all they gotta do and then say the things that you’re hearing them say, that’s all they gotta do and they’ll be safe, they’ll be protected, they’ll be on the right side of things. That’s all they gotta do.

CALLER: You were talking about Kaepernick and even LeBron James. They got the platform with Nike and making all this money through these businesses. Why don’t they demand of Nike to put these manufacturing facilities of these tennis she’s that they want and they’re making money off of them, put them right in those inner city neighborhoods.

RUSH: You mean give them away?

CALLER: No, no, not give them away. Have ’em manufactured in the inner city —

RUSH: Oh, manufactured. Manufactured.

CALLER: Yeah, we’re using slave labor all over the world —

RUSH: Well. Well, there’s this thing called — ha-ha-ha-ha-ha — oppression. There’s this thing called slave labor. I don’t think these people want any part of that. And then there’s a thing called a skill set.

CALLER: Well, not tracking with these guys. I look at it as two-faced, and again, their actions do not match up with what they’re —

RUSH: Look. It’s no different than what these CEOs did when climate change was ruling the roost. I got so sick — I mean, from Bounty paper towels down to automobile manufacturers to these Tide whatever they are little capsules of Tide that you throw in the washing machine, every damn one of them had some link to green America. And there was nothing they were doing to promote the environment.

They just put it in as part of the packaging and part of the advertising so that they would fool young, Millennial, college-educated people into thinking that these massive corporations were actually seeing the light and trying to change and do whatever they could to protect the planet. And all it was was an end run. It was not intended to do anything but make a marketing connection. They weren’t actually doing anything.

These CEOs know full they don’t need to go to any sensitivity trainings to find out how to deal with Black Lives Matter or the abuse of women or any of that. They know how to do all that. They wouldn’t be CEOs, they would never be hired at that level if they were that Neanderthal. It’s all PR. None of it’s real. Symbolism over substance, whatever you want to say it is.

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