ESPN Host Max Kellerman scolded Tiger Woods for urging Americans to “respect the office” of the presidency.
The professional golf superstar was verbally lashed by Kellerman, who made every attempt to prompt Woods’ condemnation of President Donald Trump, but Woods’ refusal made the sports network host noticeably “angry.”
Woods impressed to Kellerman and his audience that Trump is worthy of the respect of all Americans because of his position.
But this remark made Kellerman livid, as the co-host told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN that Wood’s words were “stupid” and an insult to viewers’ intelligence.
“It is a thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement,” Kellerman claimed, according to TheBlaze. “And it either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it – or else it’s just a stupid thing to say.”
Interview or interrogation?
The issue of Wood’s take on Trump on ESPN was sparked after a line of questioning the golfer was asked after completing a PGA tournament last weekend.
“After a golf tournament Sunday, a reporter asked Woods multiple questions about his relationship with Trump and his thoughts on the president’s policies,” TheBlaze’s Aaron Colen reported. “Woods – who has a friendly relationship with Trump – refused to entertain the questions, which carried heavy racial themes.”
Not joining the so-called “social justice” diatribe against Trump, Woods impressed that Americans should honor the president.
“Well, he’s the president of the United States, and you have to respect the office,” Woods asserted, as reported by TheBlaze. “No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”
This incited Kellerman’s vitriolic rant against Woods and the president. ,
“I want to say something about what Tiger Woods said now,” the ESPN host expressed, according to TheBlaze. “It really bothers me. I’m angry at what Tiger Woods said … 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.”
And Kellerman was not done …
“We are held to a standard of behavior – we at our jobs, right … people in their daily lives,” the sports reporter lectured his audience, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “The president, if anything, is held to a higher standard of behavior. It is not such that we have such great respect for the office that no matter what the behavior of its occupant, we must respect the occupant because of the office. No. Tiger Woods … is being slick. 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.”
A problem with an African American liking Trump?
The mainstream media appeared to have a problem with an African American taking a liking to Trump, as it apparently does not align with its line of reporting that has been inciting racial tensions between the White House and minorities for years now.
But Woods would not play into the media’s attempt to bash the president, especially with his ongoing friendship with the president.
“Trump and Woods have been golfing partners for years and have remained in touch since Trump took office,” Fox News informed.
Woods was not apologetic about his comradery with the president.
“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods explained, according to Fox News. “We've played golf together. We've had dinner together. I've known him pre-presidency – and obviously during his presidency.”
A follow-up question turned to the subject of race relations in the United States – a topic that Woods refused to visit.
“No. I just finished 72 holes and [am] really hungry,” Woods said while declining to engage – before leading the conversation toward his performance on the golf course.
After ESPN’s continued anti-Trump coverage, Trump took to social media, once again, to denounce the sports network’s ongoing trend of delivering “fake news.”
"The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!"
The leftist sports network …
ESPN has become notorious in years past for spinning its liberal take on politics during its sports coverage, as it has done much to publicize former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s movement against standing for the flag – recently announcing that its Monday Night Football broadcasts will not show the National Anthem.
“The network has been accused of spending too much time covering Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem and was criticized for awarding the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner,” Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos recounted.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
“In addition, struggling morning show, Get Up! was in trouble before it even debuted after a feature in The Hollywood Reporter, headlined ‘ESPN Plans to Wake up Woke with New Morning Show,’ implied that the show would dabble in politics,” Gaydos noted. “ESPN insiders were fuming at the story’s headline, and to its credit, Get Up! has avoided political headlines. However, soon-to-be-former co-host Michelle Beadle – an outspoken feminist – was recently reassigned. Last week Beadle declared that she was finished watching football because of the way the NFL and NCAA have responded to domestic violence controversies. She will now focus on NBA coverage.”
Another ESPN personality diverted from the topic of sports and took to politics by taking shots as the president, as well.
“Last year, ESPN star Jemele Hill famously called President Trump a ‘white supremacist’ on Twitter and was eventually re-assigned,” Gaydos added. “In September 2017, Hill tweeted, ‘Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists.’ Hill also called Trump a ‘bigot’ and ‘unqualified and unfit to be president.’ She added, ‘If he were not white, he never would have been elected.’”
The Trump administration was quick to defend the president, and incited ESPN to take action against Hill, as the network did not want to spark any more public outrage.
“Hill’s anti-Trump comments caught the attention of the White House and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who said she considered the rhetoric a ‘fireable offense,’” Gaydos noted. “Trump even got involved himself, mocking Hill and ESPN’s lackluster ratings. A buyout of Hill’s reported $2.5 million-per-year contract has been completed and her last day will be Friday, sources told the New York Post.”