But it’s not for the same reason the rest of us lament politics in sports. I guess it’s all in how you define “politics.” A baseball reporter for NBC, Craig Calcaterra, was offended by the display of an oversized American flag at an Atlanta Braves game on Sunday and tweeted, “Will you keep politics out of sports, please. We like sports to be politics-free.”
I wonder how Mr. Calcaterra feels about athletes kneeling during the National Anthem, or when a group of St. Louis Rams injected the false “Hands up, don’t shoot” meme into their on-field antics? I guess it’s okay when left-wing politics invades sports, but not patriotism.
Honestly, I’ve never viewed the American flag and other displays of American patriotism as politics. It used to be that love of country transcended politics. It’s something we all shared regardless of political affiliation. But during the last couple of decades, an anti-American fervor has taken over the American left so that patriotism, to them, is political. This is simply who they are now.