It should be no surprise that ESPN is once again pushing the Bubba Wallace noose hoax. The network has a track record of pushing divisive racial narratives without evidence or even in defiance of reality.
ESPN’s decision to humor Wallace’s delusional insistence that he was the victim of a hate crime is an indictment of the network, to be sure. But ESPN is as interested in fomenting racial divisions as it is in sports. One need not look very far to see examples of how far the network has fallen.
For example, ESPN and its personalities have repeatedly claimed that Jacob Blake was unarmed when he was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, despite the fact that Blake himself admitted to brandishing a knife while defying police instructions. According to ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, the biggest problem when LeBron James lied about the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, who was in the middle of an attempted stabbing, was that it would be used to discredit LeBron. Really.
ESPN’s personalities look for race in every issue. A nonblack coach yelling at a black player after he committed a dumb penalty? Rod Gilmore tied that to racial injustice. A white player is named to the U.S. Olympic basketball team? He’s a “token,” according to Jalen Rose, who falsely claimed the United States was too scared to send an all-black team to the games — four years earlier, it had done exactly that!
ESPN has not followed up on the claim that LeBron’s mansion in Los Angeles was hit with racist graffiti, despite the police having no information about such an incident and there being no video or pictures of the incident.
ESPN promoted former NFL player Michael Bennett as a victim of racism after he was briefly detained by police in Las Vegas who were responding to reports of a live gunman. The three officers who detained him were black and Hispanic, and they immediately released him after confirming his identity.
When Myles Garrett attacked Mason Rudolph during an NFL game, ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted (and deleted) a suggestion that Rudolph said something “egregious.” Even though Garrett apologized for his actions, and even though several Steelers players and an official would have heard whatever Rudolph said, Garrett decided one week later to accuse Rudolph of using a racial slur. There is no evidence or credibility to this allegation. (Conveniently enough, Anderson was one of the reporters who broke the story that Garrett was accusing Rudolph of using a racial slur).
ESPN NFL reporter immediately Tweets defense of Myles Garrett, implies Mason Rudolph said something racist. Deletes it. pic.twitter.com/VPMluuq7E5— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 15, 2019
And ESPN has an offshoot, the Undefeated, which is dedicated to peddling racial narratives to divide the country. Most prominently, the outlet accused NFL teams of trying to keep the quarterback position “as white as the painted yard lines on the field,” despite the fact that the four highest-paid quarterbacks in history at the time the piece was published were black.
The list goes on and on. ESPN personalities and the network itself regularly fabricate racial controversies where there are none and lie or push falsehoods about high-profile incidents. Bubba Wallace was not a victim of anything but his own ego. ESPN doesn’t even care because it has a racial narrative to push, and no amount of facts or evidence is going to get in the way.