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Tony Dungy is a right wing fanatic who doesn’t care about the NFL and NBC

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I’ve covered the March for Life in Washington, D.C. for years. It’s a madhouse of right-wing flies, misinformation junkies, law-breakers, and, most disturbingly, class after class of preteens and teens who are dragged in there by teachers who abuse their power in ways that would make Ron DeSantis smile. . (It only forbids speech Some teachers.)

However, this year’s march on Jan. 20 has it First time participant Who trumpeted reckless enthusiasm at the upcoming festivities. His name is Tony Dungy, the retired Hall of Fame coach, co-host of NBC’s top-rated show Football in America, and someone who was revered throughout the NFL world as a man of character. Well, Dungy certainly takes his reputation for a test drive, and it’s not the first time. Dungey spent years as an anti-gay bigot, while the NFL and NBC barely got along. Speaking at conferences organized by them Violently homophobic. He said publicly and proudly that he did not want gay football player Michael Sam on his team. He said more than a decade ago that he disagreed with the “lifestyle” of Jason Collins, the first active gay male player in the four major North American sports. This is a staple of Dungy, describing being LGBT a “way of life,” even after people have repeatedly told him how painful and outdated such a description is. He simply doesn’t care. (People should read the Two-part series in format Sports On Dungey’s history of homophobia).

Dungy’s latest move as he appeared to be radio-connected — or Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito — was earlier this week when he took to Twitter to protest a new law providing tampons in bathrooms at Twin Cities public schools. This, of course, is not the concern of a non-menstruating Dengye. But he felt the need to wake up by writing in response to the hard right daily wiringAnger at people who go through their periods by taking it to another level, writingAnd

this is no thing. Some districts put litter boxes in school bathrooms for students who identify as cats. It is very important to meet the needs of the students.

This is a widely debunked lie used by the alt-right to say that LGBTQ children, especially trans children, have been so spoiled and abused that they don’t even identify as their own gender. It’s a lie that Dungey happily spreads. Only when countless people pointed out to Dungy that he was spreading violently harmful misinformation, or perhaps after he got a call from NBC, did Dungy delete the tweet. He did so without an apology or explanation. He did it with the least bit of courage.

This is a stunning indictment of the policies the NFL and network partners allow and the kind they condemn. When someone like, “Gee, I don’t know,” Colin Kaepernick rises and kneels to end police violence and racial injustice, he becomes an outcast. Meanwhile, Dongye is considered a deeply religious man and almost a saint to the League. Dungey used his piety as a cover for his anti-gay rhetoric and sharing platforms with unapologetic bigots. But what in the world is my “religion” about perjury against teachers and children with a lie that has real-life repercussions? Every bomb threat targeting children’s hospitals, every physical assault, bears the hallmarks of these lies. Denji should be ashamed. Instead, he takes heart, preparing to take the stage on a rally that has been a crude tool to rob people of their rights to privacy and the right to their own bodies.

This side of Dungy, which he has displayed publicly for years, is confusing to some fans. After all, this is the same Dungy who was a widely beloved major as the first black coach to win an NFL title. This is the same Dungey who had love and forgiveness in his heart for outcast NFL players Michael Vick and Ray Rice. Dungey believes that violent fighting and partner assault does not disqualify a person for a second chance and a chance at redemption. And I agree that no one should be defined by the worst unforgivable moments. But what do you do when someone is going through more than a decade of unforgivable moments? What do you do when someone considers the definition of “personal” to be uncompromising with these ideas? If Dungey wanted a show The Daily Wire, more power to him. But being center stage on the most-watched show in the country makes NBC and the NFL complicit in his misinformation and political stances. Like Dungy, neither NBC nor the NFL has commented on his recent outburst. But their silence speaks volumes. It’s a silence almost as loud as Dongy’s loathsome bullshit, almost as loud as the thousands of people descending on Washington—some compulsorily—to celebrate a discredited fascist Supreme Court and the loss of our rights. It’s a shame. And we shouldn’t be afraid to say it.

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