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The nearly all-black (save for a “token” white guy), “woke” U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team reportedly got demolished 76-83 by France at the Tokyo Olympics, triggering mockery from people fed up with the players’ “social justice” obsession.
“The Americans led Team France by seven with under four minutes remaining, but the French scored the next 14 points for a shocking 83-76 victory Sunday at Saitama Super Arena,” the New York Post reported.
“Nets star Kevin Durant was in early foul trouble and had 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting in 21 minutes before fouling out in the closing seconds. Jrue Holiday net a team-high 18 and Bam Adebayo added 12 in a rocky start for the three-time defending gold medalists,” the newspaper reported.
It was the team’s first loss since 2004.
The Americans are the ones in blue:
good god pic.twitter.com/WDuYcB5CBI
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWobUSA) July 25, 2021
🚨 OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS 🚨
🇫🇷 Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) with game-high 28 points on 11-22 FG and some big shots in a France win against the USA ☘️ pic.twitter.com/4JSIBGnpkk
— Tomek Kordylewski (@Timi_093) July 25, 2021
France hand the USA their first defeat in Olympic men’s #basketball in 17 years
It’s only their sixth ever and since the NBA players became available in 1992, the only Games where they had lost matches were Athens in 04
This was sweet from Batum!
— Paul Eddison (@pauleddison) July 25, 2021
France down the USA on the back of this outrageous go ahead three-pointer from Evan Fournier!
What a game 🤯 #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/y2YtZq8Qak
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) July 25, 2021
The French were sympathetic to the losers.
“They had a good run, but we just stuck with our game plan. Second, you have to be honest and look at their roster, they have guys who are pretty tired from playing in the NBA Finals,” French team member Evan Fournier reportedly said.
“We know they aren’t at full strength yet, but it was a good win regardless for us. It’s a hell of a win, and our country is going to be extremely proud,” he added.
The U.S. public was less sympathetic because of the players’ embrace of “woke” nonsense, from team member JaVale McGee kneeling for the anthem to player Kevin Durant calling Fox News host Laura Ingraham “racist” for criticizing LeBron James’ demonstrable political ignorance.
Go woke, go broke.
— PURE CHARTS (@_purecharts) July 25, 2021
That’s what happens when you’re woke
— Tzvi (@thetzvipodcast) July 25, 2021
Glad to hear they lost. That’s what u get for hating your country. Still haven’t watched a second of this rubbish.
— Eric L. (@WolfofBagholder) July 25, 2021
And the WOKE keep getting owned. Karma is a bitch…
— @ronmarrock (@ronmarrock) July 25, 2021
They shouldn’t even have USA across their chest. They would all kneel during our anthem, given the chance!
— JC (@Section203aPrez) July 25, 2021
When your heart isn’t in it to represent your Country this is what happens. As opposed to playing hard for your nba team because of $$
— Ligier (@Ligier_) July 25, 2021
They spend a lot of time on how to be a better SJW and not on basketball
— EarnestTony (@TonyDonkya) July 25, 2021
Maybe if they cared about their jobs more then their political statements.
— Trindar (@Trindar1) July 25, 2021
I thought I heard a loud booming noise earlier…must have been all those monumental egos crashing at once. The sport has become to politicized to even give a thought to anyway.
— Common$3nse (@C3nse) July 25, 2021
The latter Twitter user hit the nail on the head. Contemporary U.S. men’s basketball is more about politics — left-wing politics, to be exact — than basketball.
There’s a reason Ingraham told James and other outspoken NBA players to “shut up and dribble” in 2018 — because their job is to play basketball well, not opine on political matters way beyond their pay grade (and reading comprehension).
And their job’s certainly to be be social justice warriors. Yet they managed to convince the NBA last summer to allow them to redesign their jerseys to replace their last names with social justice messages.
Game over? NBA to allow players to put social justice statements on back of jerseys https://t.co/gibuJ5zG0L pic.twitter.com/f45wXoODee
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 29, 2020
Their embrace of “woke” has coincided with a collapse in NBA ratings. Last year ratings for the NBA Finals dropped to their lowest in history.
Viewership for the 2020 NBA Finals continues to drop.
Game 1 – 7.4M
Game 2 – 6.6M
Game 3 – 5.9M
Each game has consecutively set a new all-time low for NBA Finals viewership — the previous low was 8M in 2003.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) October 6, 2020
Other sports that have gone woke — football, most notably — have also experienced declines in ratings and therefore revenue.
In fact, it’s a multiple-industry phenomenon that’s affected every company that’s chosen to go down the route of social justice — from media organizations like CNN to personal care brands like Gillette.
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