Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro criticised American sports for being overly political and said he will no longer watch them.
"It does make me wonder whether, inevitably, we are going to end up with two sports leagues," he said during the Ben Shapiro Show on Monday, saying that player's outspoken 'political' views are putting fans off.
"Whether at some point people are going to want a sport league that does not allow this sort of [political] stuff to impede the play or get on the field and people are just gonna view that."
Discussing his love of Sports Illustrated magazine, he said that he was unhappy when the publication chose to put Caitlyn Jenner on the cover: 'All of a sudden I’m reading about transgenderism in Sports Illustrated... this has nothing to do with sports.”
During his rant, Shapiro referenced his disdain for what he called NBA star Lebron James' “virtue signalling” as well as the long-running case of Colin Kaepernick — who was dismissed from the NFL after “taking a knee” during the national anthem in silent protest in 2016. This form of protest has taken on renewed significance during protests over the killing of George Floyd.
The internet seemed to immediately recognise some irony in his position:
And of course, sports have always been 'political' if you are paying attention.