USA Today’s Sports Story Of Year? Griner, Symbol of Pay Gap Injustice 

Jay Maxson | December 29, 2022
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Was the year in sports really bad enough that Brittney Griner is USA Today’s sports story of the year? And, if not, what blinders is the leftist rag’s race-baiter Mike Freeman wearing? 

Could Griner's story of being locked up for drug possession in Russia really outweigh Aaron Judge’s American League record 62 home runs? Or Novak Djokovic’s courageous stand against COVID vaccinations? What about the outrageous injustice of William “Lia” Thomas stealing women’s college swimming honors under the guise of transgenderism? 

Put all of those and many other athletic accomplishments aside, Griner deserves the accolade because, says Freeman, she "is so many things: hero, survivor, Olympian, professional athlete, wife, and an American. 

“But she is something else. She's a symbol of a problem that's existed for centuries and still does to this day," he goes on. “In some ways the Griner story is over but when it comes to fighting gender income inequality, it's only just beginning.” 

Freeman isn’t drinking the Griner Kool-Aid. He’s guzzling it. 

To him, Griner is the Numero Uno sports story of the year not just because she’s brave, was “wrongfully detained” by Russia, and is “a symbol of strength that unified large swaths of the sports world and beyond.” And it certainly has nothing to do with her (tear-jerking) lesbian love story with wife Cherelle, or the success of American diplomacy.

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Freeman’s selection obviously isn’t about Griner disrespecting America or serving jail time in the U.S. for a fight with her first wife, Glory Johnson.

For Freeman, it’s really all about the sinister gender pay gap in the USA. 

NPR reported that annual earnings for women in sports in 2020 were just 82.3 percent of men’s earnings, but the disparity even greater in the WNBA. But let’s be truthful here: the WNBA is essentially a minor league that doesn’t generate great revenue and cannot support itself without the NBA’s wealth. The WNBA also plays 36 fewer games a season than the NBA. 

Of course, Freeman ignored the male-generated corporate welfare directed to the WNBA. Despite the cold hard facts, he insists on the ridiculous gender pay gap narrative. 

Griner went to Russia to supplement her income and play more games, Freeman claims. We shouldn’t blame her for stupidly trying to smuggle cannabis onto a plane in Moscow. She thought the risk was low, but due the gender pay gap she was forced to take it anyway.  

Jamison Firestone, an anti-corruption activist cited in Freeman’s lame sports story of the year clunker, said Griner served 10 months in prison just so a dictator could free an arms trafficker.

“She’s really special, and not just inside the world of sports," he claimed.

By straying so far out of his “sports’’ lane, Freeman only checks the boxes of Black Lives Matter and LGBTQABCDEFG. Regarding sports, his selection of Griner as sports story of the year is a complete mockery of actual sports accomplishments. 

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