If ESPN new chief Jimmy Pitaro wants to reset the narrative that the network is not a center-left outfit, he’s got more work to do since dumping radically left sportscaster Jamele Hill.
ESPN’s Max Kellerman reacted with anger Monday to Tiger Woods saying we should respect the office of the president of the United States, regardless of who’s president, while co-host Stephen A. Smith questioned whether Woods qualified as a black man for making such a comment, as seen on “Fox & Friends.”
Woods was asked Sunday at The Northern Trust golf tournament about his “friendly” relationship with Trump, the question coming from a reporter who clearly dislikes the president.
“He’s the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” Wood replied.
Given Woods and Trump have been friends and golfed together over the years, the question was intended to put the golf pro on the spot.
And Kellerman ripped Woods for the measured response.
“We must respect the office therefore that confers respect to the occupant. Tiger, is that is what you are saying? If that is what you are saying, that is a stupid comment,” the co-host of ESPN’s “First Take” bellowed.
After asking if that’s what Woods believes, Smith chimed in to say: “Well, first of all, we don’t know what Tiger Woods believes. He’s Cablinasian. He’s not black.”
Smith went on to claim Woods doesn’t identify as a black man, suggesting that black Americans “haven’t respected that from Tiger for quite some time.”
“To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect on to its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the office holder should have respect for the office,” Kellerman added.
Yet, Pitaro wants you to believe ESPN is not a “political organization.”
“If you ask me is there a false narrative out there, I will tell you ESPN being a political organization is false,” he said earlier this month. “I will tell you I have been very, very clear with employees here that it is not our jobs to cover politics, purely.”
It would appear that Kellerman and Smith did not get that memo.
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