It seems that the right only wants athletes to stick to sports — unless the non-sports talk is something they like.
Case in point: NBC edited out part of C.J. Stroud’s post-game interview where the Houston Texans’ rookie QB spoke about his faith.
“First and foremost, I want to give all glory and praise to my lord Jesus Christ,” Stroud began.
That part was cut for a social media clip, which instead focused on Stroud’s “love for his city.”
“I mean, it’s been amazing,” said Stroud, who threw for 274 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 45-14 Wild Card win over Cleveland. “Being in this city for as short as I’ve been, but the love that I’ve got, I really just been doing it for Houston, man. People back home. I’m blessed enough to be in the position I am and blessed enough to be playing at a high level right now. We got to just keep it going, but I’m super blessed”
Bluechecks in the replies were quick to call out NBC’s edit, and conservative outlets jumped at the opportunity for a new talking point for the culture war.
As our own Carron Phillips pointed out, The terms “stick to sports” and “shut up and dribble” are coded language for when certain people want Black folks and Black athletes to remain silent.
Hence the conservative reaction to NFL players kneeling, or LeBron James discussing politics.
However, Christianity is a big part of the right-wing dogma, and Stroud has expressed his faith during interviews as far back as his college days at Ohio State.