ESPN Columnist Is Boycotting Florida Sports Because of Zimmerman Verdict

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Don't expect ESPN's Scoop Jackson to write any more columns about LeBron James or the Miami Dolphins. He announced today that after careful consideration he's boycotting Florida sports. He won't even watch a single game involving a Florida sports team while in the end admitting "this gesture might only make me feel better about myself."

Jackson took inspiration from Stevie Wonder's stance that he won't play any place that has enacted a "Stand Your Ground" Law, and in the month and half since George Zimmerman was found not guilty on charges he killed Trayvon Martin in a Seminole County Court he's decided to enact his own similar ban.

"No rooting for, pulling for, watching, investing any time or money or sweat equity in all sports coming out of Florida," wrote Jackson, while also noting that he won't even think about sending his son to a college in Florida.

Jackson however admits that his stance "means something but will accomplish nothing," and doesn't make much of a plea that anyone should follow his lead. But he concludes "it won't leave me feeling as if I did nothing."

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Scoop Jackson is boycotting Florida sports in honor of Trayvon Martin. A boy who once had a Miami Hurricanes-themed birthday party.
Of course, there are simpler and more direct ways to feel like you've done something if you disagree with Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, like, say, donating a little bit of money to a Florida-focused gun control PAC, or finding a vulnerable incumbent Florida legislator who supports the law and ponying up $10 to his or her's strongest competitor.

Jackson's stance likely comes because he's a sports columnist who wouldn't normally get to write about issues outside of sports, so he's found a dramatic way to let his feelings be known about the Zimmerman verdict in a way that includes sports. Fair enough. We'll respect it, and agree with Jackson it won't really do much.

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ticotico5600
ticotico5600

typical black racist columnist

and as for new times crap newspaper, what's with the trayvon goody goody picture??

where's the picture of him in all his thuggery? That's what faced zimmerman.

thank g-d george is alive and the piece  of crap is dead.

long live the 2nd amendment!

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

He's right... As a country, let's boycot Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, and all the other cities that have out of control killings. No we can't. That would make us accountable and we can't have that.

Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

Why is NewTimes even wasting space with anything about Zimmerman related?

blk1doggy
blk1doggy

Was not going to read his articles anyway. 

Angie Alzola
Angie Alzola

Tsk, tsk, tsk... Money will never allow a full boycott of anything in the US.

Dave Berns
Dave Berns

So what? I've been protesting Florida sports my whole life.

Dean Stelmach
Dean Stelmach

Zimmerman is an innocent man, and Scoop Jackson who? What this reporter is doing isn't a stance on anything. It's a meaningless declaration of unemployment.

Mo Perlman
Mo Perlman

Zimmerman is a douche who belongs in jail, and Scoop Jackson who? What this reporter is doing isn't a stance on anything. It's a meaningless declaration of unemployment.

foaswag
foaswag

This is old news already. Let's just move on. Shall we?


TK Small
TK Small

Who cares ,how can you take someone named " scoop" seriously?

Omar Ghaffar
Omar Ghaffar

Dumbass. Might as well boycott all 30 other states with stand your ground laws while you'reat it. And NY for having a mayor like Bloomberg, and so on, and so on.....

yullllla
yullllla

in reporting that he would boycott florida, scoop jackson thusly reported on florida. he is a human centipede.

yullllla
yullllla

SCOOP JACKSON IS A CAVS FAN

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

So the night when George Zimmerman  killer took the life of an innocent kid he was medicated, frustrated and MAD about his wife not being in their home? No wonder he had such aggression towards "these punks that always get away" .. His exact words! No wonder he pursued Trayvon. looking for an altercation. He was mad, in a bad mood from obvious personal reasons with the wife. The prosecution did a plss poor job at laying out the mindset of killer z on that night. He was OBVIOUSLY disturbed! He has a history of violence DOCUMENTED And now... in anticipation of your insight into the future.  George Zimmerman  posted of his just-murdered wife Facebook photo. Zimmerman, who shot and killed his wife  then quickly posted a photo of her dead body .


Mike Worley
Mike Worley

Has he been boycotting California after the OJ verdict?

Norman Mayorga
Norman Mayorga

STUPID!!! Dont Hate Miami Dont expect my to read or listing to Scoop!!!

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

Just like the Jay Z concert you said they woukd boycott

Johnathan Robert Broad
Johnathan Robert Broad

Yeah. Just saw something about how Stevie Wonder was down here all weekend. Serious. No lie.

Hans Schemel
Hans Schemel

how petty of jackson...stupid paper scribbler

Pura Portena
Pura Portena

That columnist is A tool !!!! end of story !

Juan Ruiz
Juan Ruiz

Who cares, we have our people to write you stupid idiot

Craven Moorehead
Craven Moorehead

yes lets punish everyone else in florida that has nothing to do with zimmerman.

anotherone
anotherone

stevie wonder just spent this past weekend in soflo. I guess your on an island of one in your boycott scoop

TREY O FIVE
TREY O FIVE

Good move Scoop. It's the little things that count

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Who?

 No loss.

He is a racist, fascist anyway


If ESPN had any balls they would fire him for his stance.  Who am I kidding?  ESPN never had balls.

anonymous
anonymous

@drakemallard umm I think you're mixing up 2 different stories.... Zimmerman did not murder is wife and post it on FB, that was Derek Medina, another psychopath


yullllla
yullllla

@Hans Schemel ya dis is good hans

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