Why do athletes have to run things through the sports media?

Sports Illustrated has reacted to Tom Brady’s support for Donald Trump by pontificating that he “needs to answer questions.” Before I continue, remember that the sports media are just like the rest of the media, except they cover sports figures instead of politicians. Now, it’s not up to SI to determine what anyone “needs” to do. It’s way above their pay grade. Second, why do we never see articles of this nature when athletes express support for Democrats? Why does ESPN never “need to answer questions” every year when they have President Obama on every March to fill out his NCAA tournament brackets? And when did it ever become accepted that athletes are accountable to the sports media for anything, especially their political beliefs? It’s none of your business, SI.


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