In an article for USA Today this week, sports columnist Nancy Armour lamented the fact that NFL quarterback Tom Brady has gotten an “undeserved pass” for supporting and befriending former President Donald Trump. It will probably not surprise you to learn that Armour knows why Brady has gotten this supposed “pass.” If you guessed it has something to do with white privilege, you get the gold star.
In the piece, Armour reminded readers that a MAGA hat was once spotted in Brady’s locker, and she drew attention to past remarks Brady has made about his “friend” Donald Trump.
“He was happy to talk politics until he wasn’t,” she griped. “How mighty white of him. Brady’s ability to enter and exit the debate at his choosing, to shield himself from accountability, is the height of white privilege. As this country grapples with the far reaches of systemic racism, look no further than Brady, for whom the expectations, and allowances granted, will always be different.”
Why can’t people like Armour understand that literally everyone on the planet has the right to “enter and exit” political conversation whenever they choose? Indeed, you even have the right to excuse yourself from thinking about it, if you desire. Guess what? You don’t even have to have white skin to exercise these rights! A lot of miserable leftists would be a whole lot happier if they discovered this hidden liberty.
“In theory, it should not matter whether Brady supports Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or someone somewhere in between on the political spectrum. He has a right to his private views,” Armour continued. “But it was Brady himself who chose to make those private views public. If you think that MAGA hat just happened to wind up in his locker – at camera level, not buried at the bottom beneath a pile of cleats and clothes – I have a case of TB12 supplements to sell you. Brady has carefully cultivated his image over his 21-year career, whether it be his style or his social media posts, and he knew just what kind of reaction he would get.
“Brady has had the chance – several, in fact – to clarify or walk back his comments and has chosen not to,” she continued. “Instead, Brady has been allowed to divorce himself from it while Black athletes are made to own their views in perpetuity. It might seem petty to bring up Brady’s moral cowardice now, when the 43-year-old is accomplishing things unlikely to ever be seen again in the NFL. But celebrating what he’s done while turning a blind eye to what he has not is a privilege Brady does not deserve.”
No, it doesn’t “seem petty,” Nancy. It seems like a desperate search for clicks and views. Which is exactly what it is.