So I think the general understanding is that Barstool Sports bans politically infused content or statements unless it comes from a select group of senior employees within the business. Therefore I was surprised by the level of political discord given by Troopz and Zah in their most recent soccer podcast to the deportation of people from the United Kingdom to Jamaica and the discussion over “the Windrush Generation”.
The Windrush Generation is a term used to describe nearly half a million immigrants brought from the Caribbean to Britain between 1948 and 1970 following severe labour shortages at the end of World War 2. The word Windrush originates from a cruise ship that was seized from a German shipping company and eventually used to bring one of the first groups of citizens from the Caribbean in 1948. Once arriving in Britain the migrants were granted British citizenship including future generations. However, in 2018 a political scandal emerged within the British government when it was revealed that large numbers of people directly from or ancestors of the Windrush Generation were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and, in at least 83 cases, wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office. The scandal brought much derision from the media, forcing then Home Secretary, Amber Rudd to apologise for the “appalling” treatment of the Windrush Generation along with the announcement of compensation for victims of the scandal. However, in recent weeks further deportations have taken place of people from the UK to Jamaica.
The deportation of British citizens originating from the Windrush Generation is reprehensible. Yet in the recent instances those deported are widely considered to be immigrants from Jamaica who are not British citizens but instead immigrants who have either overstayed their visas or non-UK nationals who been found guilty of committing serious crimes including rape and murder. Some of those due to be deported have been allowed to stay over claims they are victims of human trafficking.
Following Troopz’ widely disputed and seemingly false claims that these particular deportees are members of the Windrush Generation (British citizens) and his failure to recognise that these deportees have in some cases been convicted of serious crimes Zah questions whether the British authorities go “door to door”. But at this stage I find it incredibly ironic considering both Troopz and Zah both appear to be immigrants to America who not only entered the country legally but also gained legal work permits to work in the United States and similarly to those being deported to Jamaica from the UK both Troopz or Zah would be deported from America to their country of origin if they were found guilty of committing certain serious crimes. So why would Troopz and Zah be against illegal immigration after they have followed the correct processes to remain in America legally. If they disagree with the legal processes of immigration why did they personally follow them to live in America? It seems hypocritical for Troopz and Zah to follow immigration rules but then believe they shouldn’t apply to other people.
But what bothers me most is Troopz’ suggestion that people should visit the airport and “stop the van from turning up”. Suggesting that people should block the road and endanger themselves in front of a large vehicle. Endangering not only themselves but people inside the van. Should someone follow Troopz’ suggestion and injure themselves or even worse die after trying to stop a van then that does raise the question of whether Barstool Sports and its directors could face legal action after encouraging someone to endanger themselves.
Endangerment, or culpable negligence as it is sometimes referred to as, is a type of crime involving conduct that is wrongful and reckless or wanton, and likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm to another person. Arguably encouraging people to stop the progression of a large and heavy vehicle covers the criteria for prosecution.
Why Barstool Sports would encourage someone to endanger their health is somewhat puzzling. Considering the advice is based on the false narrative that those being deported are members of the Windrush Generation. The Home Office minister for immigration compliance, Chris Philp, said today that a flight had removed 13 “serious foreign criminals” from the UK. Other media reports suggest those crimes include murder and rape. Should someone follow Troopz’ suggestion and injure themselves or worse be killed along with potential legal ramifications it also opens up the opportunity for a great deal of negative publicity towards Barstool Sports. Headlines could read…
“My Daughter Died After Barstool Sports Encouraged Her To Stand In Front Of A Van Full Of Murders And Rapists”
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Barstool Sports encourages its staff not to make politically infused statements.