Though ABC News says The View will test various guest hosts in its token opposition chair, the network doesn’t actually want someone who will challenge the main cast. ABC knows the show’s permanent hosts don’t have the depth for robust conversation, so most of the guest rotation has thus far included shallow-thinking women who secretly agree with Joy Behar.
However, Michele Tafoya, the sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, didn’t follow that script.
On Wednesday, Tafoya pushed back on The View‘s obsessive lauding of the Colin Kaepernick Netflix special, Colin in Black and White. Sara Haines praised Kaepernick for likening an NFL career to slavery.
“[That’s] not a far stretch,” Haines asserted.
Tafoya, who unlike Haines, covered Kaepernick as a player, quickly challenged her:
“No one pressures them. They’re not forced to go into the NFL,” Tafoya said.
“I’ve been covering the NFL for 25 years. 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.”
Wait, Tafoya works in the sports media industry? And she has common sense? How did she make it through the gate?
Sunny Hostin, of course, didn’t take Tafoya’s informed opinion well. So Hostin played the race card in hopes of shutting Tafoya up.
“He loves the sport but the white owners have prevented him from doing it. They’ve colluded and they have all the power to prevent him from doing the one thing that he loves. That’s the power dynamic,” Hostin says.
So now we know Hostin is both confused and dishonest. Kaepernick does not love football. He doesn’t want to play the game. He determined he could make more money playing the role of a social activist powered by Nike than he could playing backup to Blaine Gabbert. He was right.
Before the commercial break, Hostin tried to claim that Kaepernick “lost everything” by kneeling. But Tafoya responded that Kaepernick actually gained “a whole lot” of money, between his Netflix special and his Nike endorsement deals.
Even if you disagree with her, Michele Tafoya brings a spark to The View. Now, she goes back to NBC Sports with her new colleague, Maria Taylor, who’s just about as off-putting as Sunny Hostin is.
Imagine what Michele Tafoya would do to Stephen A. Smith at the debate desk…