Serena Williams is upsetting a bunch of Republicans and Conservatives because Sports Illustrated crowned her “Sportsperson of the Year.”
Why are they mad? Because they wanted a horse to win instead. You heard right. Conservatives preferred a horse named “American Pharoah” to win “Sportsperson of the Year.”
You can’t make this stuff up!
American Pharoah won a readers’ poll for the honor, but Sports Illustrated chose instead to crown Williams, who posed on the cover draped over a golden throne.
“She was the most deserving person for the award. She had an amazing year. The way she won her events; the fact that she’s done this for so many years at such a high level,” said Paul Fichtenbaum — editor of the Sports Illustrated Group — to USA Today. “She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates.”
Not everyone was pleased with the choice, however.
Columnist Brian Zipse at HorseRacingNation.com was outraged that the horse was “denied” the title.
“But…American Pharoah won the Grand Slam, and Serena Williams did not,” Zipse fumed. “Once again, Thoroughbred horse racing has been denied by mainstream sports media.”
“Sports Illustrated, your agenda is showing,” he said.