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Michele Tafoya Mysteriously Disappears From NFL on NBC Weeks After Blasting Colin Kaepernick

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Michele Tafoya has not appeared on NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage in over three weeks. Tafoya’s absence drew the attention of NFL viewers because it’s hardly common for an A-team NFL sideline reporter to randomly miss a month of work in a season that lasts just 17 weeks.

The timing is also particularly suspicious. In early November, Tafoya guest-hosted The View in its token conservative chair. Could her absence be related to this appearance? Bill Simmons wonders just that.

“There’s some good conspiracy stuff going on about this,” Simmons said on his podcast about NBC’s claim that Tafoya is just 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 special, Colin in Black and White, which, among other things, compares life in the NFL to slavery.

“No one pressures [NFL players]. They’re not forced to go into the NFL,” Tafoya said after Sara Haines, a very shallow woman, asserted that Kaepernick’s comparison was accurate.

“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 way and claimed Kaepernick “lost everything” by kneeling for the national anthem. To that, Tafoya responded that Kaepernick gained “a whole lot” of money between his Netflix special and his Nike endorsement deals because he knelt.

Tafoya’s points are so wise, yet so many in sports media circles continue to disregard them.

Tafoya violated an unwritten rule that no sports pundit shall ever question Kaepernick or claims of racism against white people.

NBC Sports is by no means an apolitical institution. In fact, it shares many of the same political views as ESPN. So whether or not NBC retaliated against Tafoya for voicing a dissenting opinion on Kaepernick, as Simmons theorizes it did, I can assure you people at NBC Sports took offense to Tafoya’s commentary.

Honestly, Tafoya is far too independent and valuable to work the sidelines for NFL games anyway. Here’s hoping Tafoya soon gets into a verbal bout with her new colleague Maria Taylor and someone catches it on camera. Imagine how quickly Taylor would crumble…

NBC plans to have Tafoya back from her “bye” or suspension this weekend.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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    • Yeah, why do they call it “The View” if it’s only one view? And when they do have a conservative voice the person is completely outnumbered. I’m shocked Meaghan McCain lasted as long as she did without strangling Whoopie and Joy, lol.

  1. There are a lot of really bad shows out there, but The View really and truly might be the worst of the worst. Obviously, racist nutjobs like Joy Reid have a show, but at least there’s only one of her on the air at a time.

  2. The belief that football players are common day “slaves” is rather prevalent. There is a new movie out “National Champions” whereby the entire theme is based on college football players being treated as slaves for their master coaches and the entire college football system. Come on, name one actual slave who wouldn’t trade their fucked life for free college education, free food all day long, free clothes, doctors, trainers, work outs, etc. GTFOH with the fake victimhood it is boring.

    • Speaking of slaves: What`s up my ball licking bitch? You must be really grateful for Master letting you out of the basement and behind a keyboard tonight. Especially since you`re probably wore out being his bottom boy negro all week. Remember, you`re never going to get to be white, boy…..deal with it.

      • This is why these people on Outkick lie to.you because they know you are a miserable gullible racist bastard who doesn’t know any better. See January 6th.

        Here’s the truth you CLOWNS…

        In a recent podcast appearance, Tafoya said she timed her absences to coincide with NBC’s late season, cold weather trips, specifically mentioning Green Bay as a place she sought to avoid. In addition to missing this past Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field, she is also scheduled to miss NBC’s Vikings-Packers game there on January 2.

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