Bullied By Beliefs

**The following commentary expresses the political views of the author and in no way represents the views of LPL Financial. This blog was written on 2/1/17 before Super Bowl LI was played.

USAToday sports columnist, Nancy Armour, is the latest in a long line of bullies who vilify athletes like Tom Brady for supporting Donald Trump now that he's been elected. In September, 2015, Brady was seen wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat in the Patriot locker room and has been on record being friends with Trump.

Now that the media has descended upon Houston for the Super Bowl and story lines are few and far between, talk shows and columnists like Armour are pillaring Brady with questions insinuating that support for Trump can only mean that you adhere to racism, misogyny, and bigotry. Because you supported a man who is controversial, then you too are afflicted with the worst that this Administration stands for in the presses eyes.

If you defend yourself, you're a racist. If you don't, then you weak-hearted and cowardly. Brady and others who supported Trump during his campaign are now painted by liberals as Un-American and Xenophobic.

For the record, several of my past blogs have questioned what we might expect from a Trump presidency. I voted for neither Trump nor Clinton while voting for John Kasich. However, I am also on record with my disdain of most of the Obama administration's major initiatives. I believe Obama Care is a disaster, their foreign policy was non-existent, and Dodd-Frank has stifled GDP growth.

Never did sports beat reporters question the integrity or the intelligence of athletes for their support of Obama. Sports represents what is great about America and teaches such wonderful life lessons. Truly a meritocracy, sports are blind to color, socio-economics, religion, sexual persuasion, and until recently....political leanings. The best play the most regardless of who you are.

Being a conservative is not synonymous with being a hate-monger. Having protected borders, vetted immigrants, and a health-care system that works doesn't make us mean and heartless. Trump supporters don't deserve to be bullied in the press and Tom Brady should be left alone to say nothing exciting during the most boring and uneventful week of the NFL season...Media Week.

Source: “Armour: Tom Brady has some explaining to do on Donald Trump.” Nancy Armour, USA Today Sports. 1/30/2017. https://www.google.com/amp/amp.usatoday.com/story/97235644/?client=safari
**The previous commentary expresses the political views of the author and in no way represents the views of LPL Financial.