Sports reporter puts sick burn on ESPN after noticing something odd about its UCLA players coverage

ESPN faced quite the dilemma Tuesday after President Trump became the focus of a positive news story impacting the sports world.

President Donald Trump successfully helped to negotiate the release of three UCLA basketball players who were being held on shoplifting charges.

The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, were held on accusations that they shoplifted from a Luis Vuitton store but, according to President Trump, he stepped in and successfully had them released.

But, as the news media announced the release, President Trump’s name was scarce from the headlines, and reporter Clay Travis wanted to know why.

“So @realDonaldTrump saves three UCLA basketball players from Chinese prison and it gets less sports media coverage than LeBron ripping Trump on Instagram. Fascinating,” he said.

One of his Twitter followers chimed in to mention that the player’s release was a major story and that President Trump was mentioned, but that wasn’t the point Travis was making.

“Uh, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES intervening in a geopolitical dispute to free 3 American basketball players in China is THE story. Totally ignored because it’s Trump. If Obama did this ESPN would have covered it exhaustively,” he wrote.

Could it be that reporting President Trump helping three black basketball players would put a dent in a shaky mainstream media narrative?

That is what many on social media believed.

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Carmine Sabia


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