Ban The S*n from NBCSN & Affiliates
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In the days following the Hillsborough Disaster (April 15, 1989), The S*n ran the now infamous headline, “The Truth,” and went on to report that Liverpool fans were not only responsible for the disaster, but that furthermore they picked the pockets of the dead, prevented police from providing aid to victims, and “urinanted” on the “brave cops.”
Since that day, supporters of the families, club, and city worked tirelessly to determine the actual truth and achieve justice for the victims of not only a horrific disaster, but a cowardly smear campaign, of which The S*n was a principle contributor.
On 26 April, 2016, a jury ruled that the 96 victims of the disaster were “unlawfully killed,” and that Liverpool supporters played no part in causing the disaster. A verdict which reverberated around world football and, crucially, signaled the beginning of charges for officials who covered up their role in the tragedy, cruelly blaming innocent fans in the process.
All of which will come as no surprise to the commentators, contributors, and executives of NBCSN, who, during their “Premier League Mornings,” occasionally feature articles and even shots of the front pages of The S*n. This is an outlet which has been banned from Anfield, Goodison, and other grounds. An outlet which made shocking accusations about good people, and took more than a quarter century to offer what they feel is an acceptable “apology.”
NBCSN could choose any other paper to take its place, but they haven’t. They haven’t, despite being asked to, and they absolutely should. This is why we are calling on NBCSN & its affiliates to do the right thing, to STOP using The S*n on its airwaves. It’s needless, offensive, and easily remedied. No supporter should go to a match and not return, and no network should be popularizing an outlet which has acted with such willful ignorance and callousness.
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