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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 04:22 PM

If I ever hear Sean Hannity ever attack affirmative action again I will post this story on twitter

Listening to Sirus progress today the guy who wrote this story was being interviewed.

Mr anti affirmative actions own son is a beneficiary of entitlement having a rich Dad. And don’t get me started on the Hannity attack on John Kerry’s private plane. Old Sean owns a private plane while pretending to be a average Joe. I’m sorry but Sean’s son took a place away from a deserving student at this rich private college. The story has some more intrigue to it.

https://www.salon.com/2021/02/17/sean-hannitys-private-plane-and-the-wake-forest-tennis-team-a-morality-fable/

“During a broadcast about two weeks ago, Fox News personality Sean Hannity seized on a favorite trope, saying that former Secretary of State John Kerry, recently appointed to a post as climate envoy by President Biden, "frequently enjoys the comfort, the convenience of his very own private jet" while advocating for policies to combat climate change. Publicly available records, however, raise abundant questions about Hannity's own use of his private jet in support of his son's tennis career at Wake Forest University, and his relationship with the team's star coach, Tony Bresky.

More broadly, the story exposes uncomfortable truths about the quiet leverage of wealth, power and race in collegiate athletics, particularly in low-revenue sports such as tennis that don't have as many eyes on them, or marquee athletes. As the "Varsity Blues" college admissions bribery scandal demonstrated, those programs have been particularly ripe for exploitation, some of which, in those cases, veered into criminality. The Hannity example does not appear to rise to that level — no specific crimes have been alleged, and the grand jury investigation has been closed — it shines a light into one of the NCAA's many legal gray zones, where law and ethics may not always go hand in glove.

One NCAA compliance official at an Atlantic Coast Conference school — that is, a school in Wake Forest's conference — told Salon it was "not possible" that a random player with Patrick Hannity's relatively modest statistics could land a spot on a top-tier team without the backing of family money or influence. Many schools will happily pay tens of thousands of dollars to keep an athlete on the bench for four years "if it's worth that million-dollar donation" coming at some point down the road, the official said.”

White rich conservative privilege because Daddy is Sean Hannity.

Imagine the outrage if it was one of Preidents Obama’s daughters who got that position on a tennis team because of Daddy.


Sorry if this was posted before...first time I heard it and I got the




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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 04:34 PM

1. gawd

who would shlump that turd

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:13 PM

2. Didn't Lori Laughlin go to jail for that recently?

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:18 PM

3. Hannity's son is on the tennis team

albeit not very good, apparently. Loughlin's daughters were on rowing scholarships but not actually on the team.

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:23 PM

4. Same principle, but Laughlin's kid was on a scholarship to Harvard, or someplace like that

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:46 PM

6. USC, not Harvard nt

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:48 PM

7. USC was the school. But your point is on target.

I don’t understand why parents that have put their kids in the best private or public schools, can afford to pay for tutors, have a kid that won’t have to work to pay for college, feel that they need to cheat to get their kid placed at a supposedly upper-crust university.

What I learned from college is that the textbooks kids use from university to university are pretty much the same, typically written by the same handful of people. So, send the kid to a good public college, just make sure that the kid is mature enough to handle that critical transition into full adulthood - if not, travel around the world with the kid for a year so that he or she has time to learn other cultures and mature.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:55 PM

9. The weird thing about all this, is that Laughlin ...

could have given USC an endowment, and her daughter would have been admitted and Lori would not have gone to prison.

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Response to Ex Lurker (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:37 PM

5. I really hesitate to bring this up as I am sure Hannity did some dodgy shit, but his son's tennis

rankings (judged on the article's own link) appear to be above board and qualify him as a legit 4 star recruit.



The NCAA criteria

https://www.ncsasports.org/mens-tennis/ratings-recruiting-guidelines








now from the Wake forest site (unless this is all made up he was a 4 star recruit (so hit that criteria), and was ranked higher than the 190th in the nation cut-off, he was as high as 114th, and ended up 157th in the nation, plus he was a New York state finalist)

https://godeacs.com/sports/mens-tennis/roster/patrick-hannity/2650

Background

Joined the program in January as a mid-year enrollee... A four-star recruit, Hannity was rated as the No. 157 prospect in the nation and has been as high as No. 114 in his high school career... Was ranked as one of the top 10 recruits from the state of New York and was a 2015 New York State doubles finalist... Was a member of the National Honor Society.






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Response to Celerity (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 06:49 PM

8. A four star recruit is pretty good. nt

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 07:00 PM

10. We haved lived junior tennis for 10 years now...

We have a daughter who is a top junior tennis player. The Hannity kids are solid players, they had all the best coaching and equipment for sure....but they are legitimate players.

His son will not play at all at Wake Forest. He was invited to walk on, he will be a practice partner and not see any actual match play. The number of talented boys is massive around the world. 5 star and blue chip recruits actually play matches at Wake Forest. But a 4 star is a very solid player. The vast majority of college tennis men who actually play are from outside the US.

What burns me though is we know college basketball and football players from poor families who have been suspended for excepting minor gifts such as a free tattoo. Its a corrupt system. A rich kid's daddy can use their private plane to fly the team....but god forbid John Smith from the city dare take a $30 gift from a local business.

Thats the real thing this story brings out, not Hannity tennis ability....but the way the rich game the NCAA system while the poor better not make any mistakes.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 07:00 PM

11. I'm sure Hannity can afford to pay Wake Forest's tuition

Even if tuition is (I'm guessing) something like $200K over 4 years, it's still way less than a $1 million donation to the school. The issue with Lori Laughlin was that her daughter couldn't get accepted at UCLA unless they finagled some way to get her on a sports team with a fake scholarship. Laughlin was definitely wrong, and she was cheating a deserving student out of an education by her actions.

The issue with Hannity's son is quite different. I'm assuming the boy had decent grades and would have been accepted at Wake Forest or another tony private college even without an athletic scholarship. So OK he's a decent tennis player. But if he quit the team and gave up the scholarship, Daddy can still pay his tuition.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 07:06 PM

12. True but all tennis kids are from wealthy families....

Honestly, being in junior tennis for 10 years, almost every US kid who is a 4 star and up in tennis is from a wealthy family. Pretty much every tennis kid we know has a doctor, lawyer, or business owner as a parent. We are by far the poorest tennis parents in any tournament we enter!

The poorer kids who play tennis are usually from outside the US. Our local college in West Palm Beach gives a share of their scholarships to kids from Brazil and Columbia, great players.

Ask any college coach and we know many of them....they love the foreign players because they work harder and are easier to coach. Most American tennis kids are entitled and spoiled brats. Not all, but most.

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Response to Jon King (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 07:28 PM

13. And then there are Serena and Venus Williams

They certainly weren't from a wealthy family, they are wealthy now because of tennis.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 01:01 AM

15. USC, not UCLA. USC private, way overrated. UCLA public,

part of the University of California system. Much better school, IMHO.

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Response to kimbutgar (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 07:32 PM

14. Hey, isn't Tennis some kind of "globalist", "elitist", sport?

Hey Sean, what happened to playing a real American sport like football or NASCAR?

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