Let’s See What Sports People Have To Say About The Debate

Spoiler alert: The sports people are not so sharp on politics

Photo Illustration: R. A. Di Ieso
Sep 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM ET

Upwards of 80 million people tuned in for Monday Night’s presidential debate, and wouldn’t you know it, some of them hail from the world of sports. Let’s see what they thought!

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who’s always game to insert himself into the campaign news cycle, scored an invitation to the debate—a cheap stunt that caused Trump to rant about bringing in Gennifer Flowers—and snapped a picture of the back of a chair. Yay.

Cuban then worked the spin room while walking Twitter egg Curt Schilling gave his take.

Go on…

Well, that’s a pretty measured reaction, Schilling-wise. Damn. Meanwhile, MLS players joined the fray as Toronto FC goalie Clint Irwin landed this accurate zinger.

And LA Galaxy winger Robbie Rogers did some important fact-checking.

But if you crave some real electoral heat, check out the musings of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert.

After being hit with a barrage of replies ranging from measured encouragements about the merits of civic participation to the ever-popular #StayWoke, he deleted his Alex Jones-ish analysis, retreating to conventional wisdom.

Then, there’s Fox Sports’ chief hat-wearer, Jason Whitlock, who may or may not visit Instagram for sex and had more than a few choice takes marinating. Regardless of the fact that no one asked for it, he provided his own running commentary, leading off with a hackneyed sports metaphor that he’d continue humping all night

Hey, here’s a dumb joke!

Further, he just can’t seem to give up the notion that Twitter—which impacts nothing—is controlling real, live humans’ hearts and minds.

Oh God, why did we go down this rabbit hole?