In what should’ve been a fairy tale ending for baseball’s greatest closer, Mariano Rivera’s recent comments on President Trump overshadowed his Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.
The Daily Beast dropped an opinion piece on the day of the living legend’s HOF celebration, detailing Rivera’s friendship with 45, his place on 45’s Council of Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, and his alleged connections to far-right foreign powers.
While the average baseball fan may not care, best believe social media did, with Rivera’s name trending for all the wrong reasons.
Instead of separating himself from 45, or clarifying his own political views, the Sandman doubled down on his relationship with Trump yesterday On Fox & Friends. You hate to see it.
“He was a friend of mine before he became president,” Rivera said while defending a man who’s objectively been called racist since he’s been in the Oval Office. “So, because he’s president I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him.
Yikes. Rivera’s balking on his legacy.
“I respect what he does and I believe he’s doing the best for the United States of America.”
Currently, brown men, women, and children are in cages due to 45.
“When it comes to Israel, as a Christian, if my Savior Jesus Christ, he’s a Jew, so how am I going to turn my back and say, ‘Oh, I won’t support Israel.’ “
Whoa. I promise you, if 45 walked into a church, he’d burst into toupee-orange flames.
What can’t be overlooked is the willful ignorance that Rivera’s God-given talent has allowed him to obtain.
Proximity to whiteness, money, or NYC’s influential circles may provide you and your next of kin with safety. That privilege isn’t extended to other brown/black people that 45’s declared open season on.
Hopefully, Panamanian Mo, aka the Sandman can wake himself up. Because right now? Black and brown people can’t afford to be asleep when 45 hates our skin.