ESPN Personality Who Got Rush Fired 15 Years Ago Just Got Fired Himself for Sex Harassment
Political correctness is eating its own.
One of the latest casualties of the current witch hunt for Men Who Treated Women Badly just happens to have been a key player in getting Rush Limbaugh fired from a job with “NFL Countdown” on ESPN 15 years ago.
Now, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has been fired from ESPN, too.
McNabb and former San Francisco 49ers defensive back Eric Davis were officially let go by ESPN on Saturday, according to Fox News.
McNabb and Davis were among seven men named in a lawsuit by a former NFL Enterprises hair stylist alleging “age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and defamation,” according to Fox.
Other big NFL names accused in the suit were Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Warren Sapp, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk.
But it’s the inclusion of McNabb – and his lost ESPN gig — that we’re concerned with here.
Fans of both football and conservative talk radio might well remember 2003, when conservative icon Rush Limbaugh joined ESPN’s “NFL Countdown” cast.
For Rush, whose love of the game is well known, it must have seemed like a dream job second only to the talk radio career he basically invented for himself.
The job lasted barely a month into the 2003 season. Limbaugh, who’s as famous for criticizing the media as he is for reducing liberalism to ruins, was forced to resign amid national controversy regarding comments he made about McNabb during a pre-game show when he declared McNabb was “overrated” by the national sports media who were more interested in boosting the career of a black quarterback than in judging a player on his merits.
Whatever the truth was in the observation – McNabb was a very good quarterback in 11 years with the Eagles, if not a great one – was lost in the firestorm that erupted. (Important disclosure: The writer is a lifelong Eagles fan who spent many a Sunday afternoon cheering McNabb at the top of his lungs.)
Limbaugh was accused of being a racist (again), ESPN was under intense pressure from liberal America (as usual) and the result was a famous man losing a job in the public eye because of the forces of political correctness.
Now, fast forward to 2018 and America in the post-Harvey Weinstein era.
McNabb and a handful of NFL greats are accused of sexually harassing a hair stylist at NFL Enterprises, where McNabb was an NFL Network analyst before leaving for ESPN.
A woman is accusing McNabb of sending her text messages with graphically sexual content (TMZ has some it here. Warning: It sounds vile.)
Whatever the truth is – and it’s usually more complicated in sexual harassment allegations than any cut-and-past quotes from a text might appear – the fact of the matter here is that a famous man is losing a job in the public eye because of the forces of political correctness. (And it’s worth noting that the alleged behavior didn’t even take place at the famous man’s place of employment, but at a previous job.)
The irony of it being Donovan McNabb who lost his job, and the network being ESPN, the same employer that forced Limbaugh to resign over his McNabb comments 15 years ago, shouldn’t be lost on anyone.
But there’s more to it than that. Liberals have considered sexual harassment allegations their exclusive weapon of political warfare going back to the disgraceful Anita Hill accusations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Now, in the United States of 2018, the country is learning almost daily that sexual harassment accusations are hitting primarily on the liberal side of American politics, the media and the sports world.
And it’s not going to end well for anyone caught up in the hysteria.
Political correctness is eating its own.
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