Ex-Baseball Star Johnny Damon, Who Stumped for Trump, Says Sports Should Stay Out of Politics


In the wake of the whole Jemele Hill brouhaha regarding the SportsCenter anchor calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist,” Fox News has turned to ex-athletes to speak out against Hill and ESPN. Sean Hannity hosted former Red Sox great Curt Schilling on his radio show earlier this week while Fox Business’s Stuart Varney brought on ex-Mets star Darryl Strawberry.

Keeping in that same vein, Fox & Friends had Johnny Damon on this morning to talk about Hill and whether or not sports and politics should mix. And, wouldn’t you know it, he said that they shouldn’t.

“I watch sports for sports,” Damon told the hosts. “You know, when politics get involved with sports, it gets a little, umm, touchy.”

Damon went on to bring up MTV, stating that the channel doesn’t play music anymore as a comparison to what may occur with ESPN. He further claimed that if ESPN went into the “political arena” then people would just stop watching.

Interestingly enough, while the ex-Yankees player feels sports and politics should remain separate, it didn’t stop him from hitting the campaign trail for Donald Trump last year. After endorsing Trump in May 2016, citing Trump’s anti-immigration policies as the major reason, Damon stumped for the then-candidate, including a rally appearance days before the election.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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