Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy announced Wednesday on Twitter that he will attend the March of Life in Washington, DC, on Friday.
The two-time Super Bowl champion (one as a player and one as a coach) said he will attend «to support those unborn babies who don’t have a voice.»
It will be his first time in the rally, and it has aroused criticism in the media.
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Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, said it is «Done with Tony Dungy and the way the NFL and NBC coddle their right-wing extremism.»
Zirin says Dungy is «someone revered throughout the NFL world as a man of character» but «has spent years as an anti-gay fanatic.»
Zirin wrote: «He said publicly and proudly that he would not want gay soccer 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 player in the United States. top four. American sports. This is a Dungy staple, calling being LGBT a ‘way of life,’ even after people have repeatedly told him how hurtful and old-fashioned that description is. He just doesn’t care.»
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It also swept the NFL and NBC, where Dungy hosts «Football Night in America,» for «celebrating» him and his politics.
«This is a staggering indictment of the politics that the NFL and network partners allow and condemn. When someone like, geez, I don’t know, Colin Kaepernick steps up and takes a knee to end the violence. police and racial inequality, he becomes an outcast. Meanwhile, Dungy is portrayed as a deeply religious man and almost a patron saint of the league. Dungy has used his devotion as a cover for his anti-gay rhetoric and shares platforms with unapologetic fans…
«If Dungy wants a show on ‘The Daily Wire,’ more power to him,» Zirin wrote. “But his starring role on the nation’s most-watched show makes NBC and the NFL complicit in his misinformation and his political stance. Like Dungy, neither NBC nor the NFL have commented on his latest outburst. But his silence says a lot. a silence that is almost as loud as Dungy’s hateful prattle, 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 is shameful. And we shouldn’t be afraid to say it.»
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Dungy coached the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008 after coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six seasons. As head coach, he made the playoffs in all but three seasons.