Sports, i.e., competitive athletics have always had a certain amount of controversy surrounding them and that holds true for the professional leagues as well. Still though, it has devolved to the point where the worst competitiveness in athletics is between the different professional leagues, e.g., football’s NFL v. basketball’s NBA.
Yeah, when they’re competing to see and show which group can be more vile and more treasonous to the US, it gotten pretty bad indeed. Just look at what’s happening now. While the NFL did nothing to the “Kneelers,” the NBA actually took action against their players who refused to kneel to China’s oppressive, totalitarianism regime.