Fmr NFL reporter Michele Tafoya calls on Americans to stop being afraid to talk

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Veteran sports journalist Michele Tafoya, who walked away from a job on NBC sports where she was a sideline reporter for the network’s nationally televised Sunday night NFL game, talked about her departure as well as her desire to be a difference-maker in a world where the games that used to unify Americans have become polluted by “woke” leftist politics.

Tafoya, who closed out her NBC career with Super Bowl LVI, spoke to Fox News Digital about her wanting to “try to be part of the solution and not part of the problem,” as she discussed her time with the NFL, her work in conservative politics as well as a contentious appearance on ABC’s “The View” last year.

Immediately after the grand finale to her illustrious career which spanned three decades, Tafoya shifted into GOP politics as the co-chairwoman for the campaign of Republican Kendall Qualls who is running to become the governor of Minnesota, providing her with an opportunity to express conservative values which are no longer acceptable in the NFL, a league which only remotely resembles the patriotic entity that it used to be.

“I can’t tell you how many people tell me, ‘I’m just shutting my mouth, I don’t wanna get in trouble.’ Getting in trouble for something you believe in the United States of America? That is astonishing and scary,” Tafoya told Fox News Digital, “I’m not afraid of many things, but that people feel afraid to speak, or share their beliefs, because there might be ramifications at their place of work, or within their social circles. That scares the hell out of me and I will fight that every step of the way for both sides,”

“All the divisions in this country are factored into me wanting to try to be part of the solution and not part of the problem,” Tafoya said. “I was looking to get involved politically, socially, public service, that kind of thing. I wanted to change my direction. If I wanted to stay in sports television, I’d still be at NBC Sports.”

She also talked about the double standard when it comes to questioning the dominant leftist narrative.

“There’s nothing wrong with that at all, except when it excludes anything that might question some of the facts and motivations for those ideas, or those causes, or those thoughts. So in other words, it ends up being very one-sided and that there is no questioning,” she said.

“We saw this so predominantly during the initial phases of COVID, if you questioned anything that was coming out of the CDC or the NIH, you were called names. You were called stupid. You were called a science denier,” she said. “For me, I call it being curious and wondering, do we really have every answer right now?”

Some believe that Tafoya incurred the wrath of her former employer when she ventured into the snake pit of “The View” and spoke unfavorably of “woke” sports messiah Colin Kaepernick and his Netflix documentary in which he likened the NFL combine to a slave auction, as well as expressing her view about the left’s obsession with race, clashing with an agitated Whoopi Goldberg who insisted that lynching is still commonplace.

(Video: The View)

Despite her differences with Goldberg, Tafoya was invited back to the show for another appearance after she left the sports journalism business.

“I guess they were surprised I was able to talk about other issues,” she told Fox News Digital. “They asked me back.”

Tafoya also appeared with Fox News ratings king Tucker Carlson last month where she said, “I think I speak for a lot of people, like you said Tucker, and a lot of these people, my friends, are afraid to repost things that I’ve posted or you know, get into political conversations, they are, and they’ve said it, ‘I’m afraid, I don’t want to get in these arguments with my friends, with my boss, with my colleagues,’ this is the most terrifying thing in the world to me right now,” she said, “that people are afraid to talk.”

“These are words coming out of our mouths. Yes, we could probably hurt people with our words, I acknowledge that, but I get to choose my reaction to everybody’s words and everybody else gets to choose their reaction to my words so they can choose to react to what I say, I’m going to choose to say what I believe and what I feel very strongly about and I’m going to continue this,” she told Carlson. “This is the direction I’m headed.”


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