The ESPYs brought back the discredited Ferguson "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" narrative. In the awards show's opening montage, the St. Louis Rams players' protest gesture was shown while the narrator said, "sports inspires in so many ways, whether it's through ... simply a gesture." Ironically, the next line was "Sports has the power to connect us" - hard to think of a worse example of people connecting than Ferguson. Watch:
There is no more powerful force than something that inspires you... And sports inspires in so many ways... Whether it's through a game... A performance... A play... Or simply a gesture. Sports has the power to connect us. To make us believe in the impossible, be the impossible.