Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy has sparked outrage in the liberal media after announcing his plans to attend the March for Life in Washington, DC on Friday. The NFL and NBC are now being criticized for “coddling” his “right-wing extremism.”
While it seems that the “tolerant” Left would support Dungy, who was the first Black NFL head coach to win the Superbowl, he does not adhere to all of their strict rules, including being pro-abortion. Therefore, he does not qualify for their “inclusive” love and support.
On Thursday, Dungy announced that he and his wife will be attending DC’s March for Life. He wrote,
“Tomorrow Lauren and I will be in Washington DC attending the 2023 March for Life. It will be my first time at the March and I’m looking forward to joining my friend [Benjamin Watson] and thousands of others who will be there to support those unborn babies who don’t have a voice.”
Tomorrow Lauren and I will be in Washington DC attending the 2023 March For Life. It will be my first time at the March and I’m looking forward to joining my friend @BenjaminSWatson and thousands of others who will be there to support those unborn babies who don’t have a voice. pic.twitter.com/4rOBEbdsgP
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 19, 2023
In April, Dungy had to defend himself for appearing with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in Tampa Bay for the signing of his pro-fatherhood bill. He was immediately labeled a “bigot” and forced to defend himself.
Now, Dungy is being trashed by the media for his pro-life beliefs.
Dave Zirin, a sports editor for The Nation, tore into Dungy, calling him an “anti-gay bigot” and condemned the NFL and NBC, where he hosts “Football Night in America,” should stop allowing him to express his beliefs.
Zirin called the March for Life a “madhouse of right-wing gadflies, disinformation addicts, Qanon adherents, and, most disturbingly, class after class of teenage and tween-age children dragged there by teachers who abuse their authority in ways that would make Ron DeSantis smirk.”
“This is a staggering indictment of the politics the NFL and the network’s partners allow and the kind that they condemn,” Zirin wrote. “When someone like, gee, I don’t know, Colin Kaepernick steps up and kneels down to end police violence and racial inequity, he becomes a pariah. Meanwhile, Dungy is held up as a deeply religious man and nearly a patron saint of the league. Dungy has used his devoutness as a cover for his anti-gay rhetoric and sharing platforms with unapologetic bigots.”
“If Dungy wants a show on ‘The Daily Wire,’ more power to him,” continued Zirin. “But his being center stage on the most watched program in the country makes NBC and the NFL complicit in his disinformation and political posturing. Like Dungy, neither NBC nor the NFL has commented about his latest eruption. But their silence speaks volumes. It’s a silence that’s almost as loud as Dungy’s hateful blather, almost as loud as the thousands of people descending upon Washington – some mandatorily – to celebrate a fantastic, discredited Supreme Court and the loss of our rights. It’s shameful. And we should not be afraid to say so.”