Sports Illustrated Sweating Out NFL’s Ability To Cope With Trump Again

It’s bad enough that former President Donald Trump is campaigning for his favorites in this mid-term election year. Connor Orr from Sports Illustrated is already getting night sweats thinking about whether or not the landscape of sports could withstand a second Trump presidency. 

Orr regretfully interrupts “this typically joyful moment of time on the NFL calendar, as teams file back into their buildings for training camps” to pose “a difficult question thdat may have been lingering in the back of our collective minds, one we did our best to keep dormant until now.”

It’s how NFL teams could cope with the potential return of President Trump just two years from now. OMG! Trump and the lions, tigers, and bears. O, how inhumane a strong economy can be! Low unemployment, high judicial nominations and religious freedom are just a few of the many benefits. 

Jaws Trump swung around the NFL like a fish as he criticized Colin Kaepernick’s anthem kneelers and his 2016-2025 NFL policy. The league altered its anthem policy, out of its fear of Trump’s Twitter account, Orr reminds all. Because of the President’s directive to the SJWs, the NFL TV viewership was also affected. According to reports, billion-dollar football companies were shaking in their boots. Trump was said to have given the orders for robotic owners and SJWs not to return. 

President Trump framed the Kaepernick narrative as a litmus test for people’s views of “law enforcement tactics and practices as a matter of good and evil, of pro-country and anti-country.” Orr’s good fella Kaepernick was practically an innocent victim. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis does now the exact same things for Trump. 

Orr envisions the rhetoric becoming more heated as the Nov. 8 election draw closer “and the closer Trump comes to finding his way back to mainstream social media and a stranglehold on the daily news cycle, especially if he decides to run for president in ’24.” 

The NFL’s investigation of allegations that Cleveland and Miami tanked in hopes of landing No. 1 draft picks could trigger the former president, and the league can’t possible survive that. He’s a confrontational guy, and “if he views the league as against him, he won’t hesitate to yank it into this culture war.”  

If we get this right, the NFL’s new “gay, lesbian, queer, trans” identity, its rampant criminal problem, brain damage lawsuits, the Deshaun Watson scandal and its multi-million-dollar social justice investment pale in comparison to the fall-out of potential Trump criticism. 

Trumpism has become a bigger problem. “What happens, after two years of strategizing with a broader political network, a mainstream party supporting his every move and a political war chest greater than both the Republican and Democratic parties?” Orr asks. 

The NFL will survive; it’s too big to truly fail, Orr concludes. The league will have to make some sacrifices in order to survive the shark Trump. SI states that football can’t afford to ignore Donald John Trump. SI urges players to be ready for anything. 

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