Michele Tafoya has not appeared on NBC’s Sunday Night Football protection in over three weeks. Tafoya’s absence drew the eye of NFL viewers as a result of it’s hardly frequent for an A-team NFL sideline reporter to randomly miss a month of labor in a season that lasts simply 17 weeks.
The timing can be significantly suspicious. In early November, Tafoya guest-hosted The View in its token conservative chair. Could her absence be associated to this look? Bill Simmons wonders simply that.
“There’s some good conspiracy stuff going on about this,” Simmons mentioned on his podcast about NBC’s declare that Tafoya is simply on a bye. “Because she hosted The View in the beginning of November. She was in the conservative seat, then a couple weeks later, all of a sudden, just on a bye. Taking a break.”
On November 4, The View‘s main cast invited Tafoya on to discuss Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix particular, Colin in Black and White, which, amongst different issues, compares life within the NFL to slavery.
“No one pressures [NFL players]. They’re not forced to go into the NFL,” Tafoya mentioned after Sara Haines, a really shallow lady, asserted that Kaepernick’s comparability was correct.
“I’ve been covering the NFL for 25 years,” Tafoya goes on. “Nobody forces these guys to play. I thought comparing it to the slave trade was a little rough. These guys enter willingly, they are the most well cared for people. Yes they play a hard sport. And every one of them — black, white, Latino, whoever’s playing the sport — will tell you how much they love it and they’re willing to do it and they make a damn good living.”
Then, Sunny Hostin stepped Tafoya’s manner and claimed Kaepernick “lost everything” by kneeling for the nationwide anthem. To that, Tafoya responded that Kaepernick gained “a whole lot” of cash between his Netflix particular and his Nike endorsement offers as a result of he knelt.
Tafoya’s factors are so clever, but so many in sports activities media circles proceed to ignore them.
Tafoya violated an unwritten rule that no sports activities pundit shall ever query Kaepernick or claims of racism towards white individuals.
NBC Sports is certainly not an apolitical establishment. In reality, it shares most of the identical political opinions as ESPN. So whether or not or not NBC retaliated towards Tafoya for voicing a dissenting opinion on Kaepernick, as Simmons theorizes it did, I can guarantee you individuals at NBC Sports took offense to Tafoya’s commentary.
Honestly, Tafoya is much too unbiased and helpful to work the sidelines for NFL video games anyway. Here’s hoping Tafoya quickly will get right into a verbal bout together with her new colleague Maria Taylor and somebody catches it on digicam. Imagine how rapidly Taylor would crumble…
NBC plans to have Tafoya again from her “bye” or suspension this weekend.