Sam Acho executes a perfect game plan against troll Dinesh DSouza

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Sam Acho executes a perfect game plan against troll Dinesh DSouza

You might not have noticed what conservative author Dinesh D'Souza had to say about athletes on Tuesday if, like many others, you were too reviled by his tweets mocking student protesters, some of them survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting ' who cried after Florida lawmakers voted down a proposed assault weapons ban in front of them ' to notice anything else.

'Adults 1, kids 0,' he tweeted.

Earlier in his timeline, D'Souza replied to fellow conservative Matt Walsh's tweet dismissing most athletes' opinions while defending their right to have them, and D'Souza added this: 'The point is that athletes, like actors, are some of the dumbest people on the planet & have little to contribute to any debate over ideas.'

It's obvious trigger bait by a renowned troll, and people familiar with D'Souza's track record knows he performs the rhetorical equivalent of throwing dung against the wall to see if it sticks.

But the issue is it does stick with some sports fans, their knee-jerk reflex to immediately shout down any athlete who dares to say something even remotely political ' even if it's off the clock, so to speak, and almost exclusively if an athlete's opinions contradict their own world views.

That's what makes commentary such as Bears linebacker Sam Acho's measured, thoughtful response to D'Souza so interesting, as athletes have been feeling out and finding their voice in an increasingly harsher climate.

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Posted By: chicagotribune.com

Date Posted: Wed, 21 Feb 2018, 12:24 pm

Tags: Dinesh D'Souza

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