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Jason Whitlock

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I owe Sarah Palin an apology.

Unlike most of America, I’m man enough and humble enough to admit when I’m wrong. And I was dead wrong about Sarah Palin.

If you’ve read my sports column here at FOXSports.com or happened to read the infamous takedown I wrote for the Huffington Post about Palin during the 2008 election, you know I’ve been brutally rough on Palin. On Twitter, I’ve been in the foolish habit of labeling any act of stupidity as “Palinism.”

I’m sorry.

I’d never understood the true essence of this magnificent, brilliant woman who wants to be president until Wednesday morning when word began circulating around the Internet about the depths of Sarah’s love of basketball. Yes, I’d previously heard the stories about Sarah “Barracuda’s” exploits as a point guard in high school. But the alleged new revelations in Joe McGinniss’ much-anticipated biography about the political figure reveal an affinity and connection to basketball that I had no way of anticipating.

Given the year-round cold weather in Alaska, was there any way to know that Sare Bear once enjoyed playing blacktop basketball?

The lamestream media had never reported this little nugget of enlightenment. We hear so much about President Barack Obama’s love of college basketball and filling out NCAA Tournament brackets. ESPN’s Andy Katz visits the White House each year to document President Obama’s tournament picks. We hear stories of Obama playing pickup ball with NBAers.

Why are we just now learning of Palin’s alleged Great Alaskan Shootout with former Michigan star and 15-year NBA vet Glen Rice? Is it because she’s a woman? Is it sexism?

 

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This galling double-standard and obvious favoritism toward Obama by the lamestream media are what opened my eyes to the possibility that I was all wrong about Palin. I’ve been far too critical, far too quick to dismiss her intellectual gifts, far too willing to believe the liberal “gotcha” journalists out to discredit Palin.

I spent most of Wednesday afternoon daydreaming about Palin and re-evaluating my assessment of this woman of outstanding character and magnificent taste. This is a woman of great substance.

She has been unfairly demonized by liberals in the media who portray her and the Tea Party as racially bigoted. Seriously, can a person with a clear passion for basketball and its participants be racist? I don’t think so.

Sarah Palin is a politician with a special place in her heart for the real, pro-America part of America, cities such as Detroit, Atlanta and Compton. Palin would love nothing better than an afternoon spent taking in the sights at Rucker Park.

I can’t believe it took me three years to understand who Sarah Palin really is. I used to compare her to Paris Hilton. I nicknamed her “Paris Palin.” It’s obvious now that Palin is far more Kardashian than Hilton. Palin would delight in hosting Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries for a very special evening of moose hunting and hoops.

But Katie Couric, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and the rest of the lamestream media are refusing to talk of Palin’s love of hoops and what it says about Palin’s unimpeachable, high character.

I regret that I was previously hoodwinked by the negative media spin on Palin, a remarkable woman, mother, wife and political visionary.

Again, I’m sorry.

I’m reconsidering my apathetic political views. As some of you know, I’ve never participated in our political system. I’ve never voted. Politics and politicians infuriate me. I can’t stand the phoniness and dishonesty, the people who say one thing and do the exact opposite. I am neither Democrat nor Republican, conservative nor liberal.

Sarah Palin can change all that. She makes me want to join the Tea Party. Who knows, maybe there are countless misunderstood Tea Party women of high moral character who secretly love basketball and hide their affinity on the down low?

After three years wasted loathing Palin and what I believed to be her willful ignorance, I’m now comfortable admitting I can see what Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and all other right-wing men see in the potential presidential candidate.

Thanks to Glen Rice, I can see Sarah Palin from my bedroom.

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