Corridor of Fame Soccer Coach Tony Dungy introduced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will likely be attending Friday’s March of Life in Washington, DC.
The double Tremendous Bowl Champion (one as a participant, one as a coach) stated he’ll attend “to help the unborn infants who don’t have any voice”.
Will probably be his first time on the rally and it has drawn criticism from the media.
Dave Zirin, sports activities editor at The Nation, stated he’s “Completed with Tony Dungy and the way in which the NFL and NBC are coddling his far-right.”
Zirin says Dungy is “somebody revered all through the NFL world as a person of character” however “has been an anti-gay bigot for years.”
Zirin wrote: “He stated publicly and proudly that he would not need homosexual soccer participant Michael Sam on his crew. He stated over a decade in the past that he disagreed with the “life-style” of Jason Collins, the primary energetic male homosexual participant in the primary 4 rounds of North American Sports activities. This can be a staple of Dungy, who refers to being LGBT as a “life-style,” even after folks have repeatedly informed him how hurtful and outdated such an outline is. He simply would not care.”
He additionally tore up the NFL and NBC, the place Dungy hosts Soccer Night time in America “rejoice” him and his politics..
“This can be a harrowing indictment of the insurance policies that the NFL and community companions permit and the way that they condemn. If somebody like, gee, I do not know Colin Kapernick stands up and kneels to finish police violence and racial injustice, he turns into an outcast. In the meantime, Dungy is taken into account a deeply spiritual man and virtually the patron saint of the League. Dungy has used his piety as a canopy for his anti-gay rhetoric and platform sharing with uncompromising fanatics…
“If Dungy desires a present on The Day by day Wire, extra energy to him,” Zirin wrote. “However his being on the heart of the nation’s most-watched program makes NBC and the NFL complicit in his disinformation and political stance.” Like Dungy, neither NBC nor the NFL have commented on his latest outburst. However her silence speaks volumes. It is a silence virtually as loud as Dungy’s hateful babble, virtually as loud because the 1000’s of people that come to Washington — some compulsory — to rejoice a fascist, discredited Supreme Court docket and the lack of our rights. It is embarrassing. And we should not be afraid to say it.”
Dungy coached the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008 after teaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six seasons. As head coach, he made the playoffs in all however three seasons.