A writer for the Daily Beast stirred controversy online over the weekend after he declared the New England Patriots — whose owner, Robert Kraft, coach, Bill Belichick, and star quarterback, Tom Brady all support President Donald Trump — "the preferred team of white nationalists."
The writer, Corbin Smith, wrote:
Look, it doesn't matter if the Patriots like it or not, they are the official team of American White Nationalism, the MAGA Boys On the Field. You can't implicitly or explicitly support Trump, who reads speeches written by Stephen Miller as a matter of course, play in a market whose sporting culture is renowned for its racism, have a decade-plus organizational obsession with undersized white receivers, and be called, no s**t, the Patriots, without getting the vile Fox News Soup that poisoned half the country on your shirt. Try to put on a bib of distancing yourself, deflecting questions, telling everyone your wife told you to stop talking about it, that shit isn't gonna work. You're the MAGA Kid. It's on you forever. It stalks and haunts you.
When you root for the Patriots, you are associating yourself with a virulent and revolting strain of politics that seeks to Make America Great Again—which is to say, white, European, English-speaking.
To no surprise, the article was not well received.
How did people react?
The article was widely mocked and ridiculed. The Daily Beast was also criticized for publishing the article.
Yes, but how will the Pat's mostly Libertarian offensive line deal with the Ram's slightly post-modern socialist cover 2 defensive secondary blitz going into the 2nd half?
— JoelHeyman (@JoelHeyman) February 3, 2019
Two newly discovered neutron stars are so heavy, that they would probably squeeze a quark-matter core into oblivion, making them the densest objects in the known universe, next to The Daily Beast.
— The Red-Headed Libertarian ™️ (@TRHLofficial) February 3, 2019
— Robert Laidlaw (@vegasballer1) February 3, 2019
This is why people hate the media.
— Justin T. Haskins (@JustinTHaskins) February 3, 2019
You're the reason our country is having trouble moving forward. Thanks !
— Bret (@bretsee989) February 3, 2019
Delete your account
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) February 3, 2019
This is neither independent, intelligent, or influential. pic.twitter.com/Jr5c7g158H
— Hank (@bwaaaaahhh) February 3, 2019
— J.D. Young (@TheBigJD55) February 3, 2019