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Total180 Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard’s threat to boycott Oklahoma State raised a couple of questions I’d been pondering. Will American sports ever be a unifying cultural force again?  Or has the Colin Kaepernick Woke Movement permanently polarized games that used to bring us together across political, racial and economic lines? I’d never heard ...

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Written by Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is a longtime sports writer, TV personality, radio host, podcaster and the newest member of the Outkick family.
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  1. Great to digest your thoughts once again. I don’t always agree with you but I feel you are honest and thoughtful about anything you comment on. Very rare in today’s media world.

    There is one precise way of thinking, any deviation is unforgivable. When people have to look so hard, parse actions and words so much to find offense doesn’t that say something? There is no chance what is going on right now will bring people together.

    Keep doing what you do.

  2. Not too long ago, Scottie Pippen refused to go into a playoff game, when Phil Jackson set a play that had Toni Kucoch take the last shot to beat the KNicks. (Jordan was in one of his retirements)

    Scottie is top 10 all time in my book. at the time He had the gravitas and had earned the right to have input and a say. The coach made his decision and Scottie made his. Toni made the shot. They won, but lost the series.

    But the Coach had final say and Scottie decided he would ‘mostly’ be a team player Going forward and be a part of the greatest team ever (When MJ returned), which would be managed By the Coach.
    Today that likely cannot happen, because of social media. Today’s version of Scottie would be forced by the twitter mob to react second by second to his coach and teammates and fans (maybe during games – you know that’s coming soon).
    Today’s social media behavior is like a divorce proceeding, where everyone has to choose sides and then can’t take it back. Divorce wrecks more families than Fentynal and cancer combined. The process of divorce and twitter mobbing is very similar.

    Just two years ago I attended The NHL hockey playoffs as my Caps defeated the Tampa Lightening in the Eastern Conference Finals. Each game was expensive and exhilarating. I saw many many cultures and races and ethnicities and genders at the games. And from all over America.

    I cheered with people I had never met before. I high fived Tampa Lightening fans Too, because even in defeat, it was a great SPORTIng Event for all fans.
    No politics, and at times no sides. UNITY of purpose was the SPORTING …

    Sports is where we used to come together and I fear that Jason hit on something here. Maybe the Golden Goose is out of Eggs. The EGG being Unity.

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