In a passionate response, Le Batard said it was the duty of sports broadcasters to comment on race relations – and in particular, the "un-American" songs of "Send Them Back," addressed to Democratic Congressman Ilhan Omar. A Somali refugee and American citizen stated during a Trump rally this week.
Le Batard, son of Cuban immigrants, found that civil rights activists have long been involved in sports to deal with race, gender and other social issues in the country, former athletes Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Colin Kaepernick. But Le Batard said that ESPN personalities are not talking about races in America right now, "unless there's some kind of weak, cowardly sports angle we can run through," like a tweet from an athlete.
Under Pitaro's predecessor John Skipper, ESPN was sometimes more political, and during the Trump administration, the network was sometimes criticized. In 201
7, former ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele criticized Hill Trump on Twitter, calling him "a white supremacist." She was suspended for the controversy and has since left the network.
Since Hill's suspension, "suddenly, nobody talks about politics, unless we can use one of those sports figures as a meat shield to discuss these issues in the most cowardly ways," Le Batard said. ESPN declined to comment on this article.
Corporate America generally remained largely silent on Trump's Tweets Sunday
in which he told Democratic convention women to "return" to their own countries. He gathered at the rally on Wednesday and said, "They do not love our country," and, "If you're not happy here, you can go."
Company silence is in sharp contrast to the decision of corporate leaders to dissolve White House advisory councils in response to Trump's defense against neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.