Basketball, Parasites, and Military Recruitment
In April 2013, the US Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs wrote in a weekly report that it intended to “attract larger roles with…sports entertainment networks for future Army-related stories.”
In October 2014, The Players’ Tribune was launched. It publishes “impactful and powerful long- and short-form stories,” written by athletes and their ghostwriters. Its “Content and Business Advisor” is Gary Hoenig, former editorial director of ESPN Publishing and a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine. ESPN is owned by two fascist media empires.
Yesterday, American chauvinist Stephen Curry published a story about his affection and admiration for the murderous agents of US imperialism. “One of the beliefs that I hold most dear,” he declares, “is how proud I am to be an American — and how incredibly thankful I am for our troops.” How nice.
“But if there’s anything I’ve learned this year,” Curry continues, “it’s that all of that noise we keep hearing — it’s not an accident.” I agree. As distinguished member of the US Army’s Psychological Operations regiment Michael W. Stein remarked in 2012, what we read in newspaper articles and see on television is not “mere entertainment or opinion; all these things are done for a purpose.”
Sport is all about teamwork, and Curry’s article builds on the efforts of Colin Kaepernick, who successfully burrowed his way into the growing unrest concerning a real, existing problem (racist policing in America) and—like a liver fluke controlling an ant—redirected this outrage, diluting the public discourse by deemphasising the barbarity of American capitalism (which is at the root of racist policing), and instead making a complete spectacle of himself by bending over in reverence for the US military. Curry announces the purpose of this prolonged psyop openly: “this conversation we’ve started to have in the world of sports … whether it’s been Colin kneeling, or entire NFL teams finding their own ways to show unity, or me saying that I didn’t want to go to the White House — it’s the opposite of disrespectful to [US troops].”
The only thing missing from Curry’s story is a link to the US Army’s career website.