Media Have an Issue With Kavanaugh Returning to Basketball Coaching Duty

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 9:55 AM
Media Have an Issue With Kavanaugh Returning to Basketball Coaching Duty

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh may now be sitting on the highest court in the country, but that doesn't mean he's about to give up his basketball coaching duties. Someone spotted him back on the court last weekend.

Back in September Kavanaugh thought that he'd never coach again. He was in the middle of a testy confirmation hearing facing accusations of sexual assault and struggling just to salvage his reputation. One of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the nominee assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. She was "100 percent" certain of it, but Kavanaugh just as confidently denied it.

During his own testimony, the judicial nominee regretted how the process might impact his future.

"I love coaching more than anything I’ve ever done in my whole life,” Kavanaugh said during his own testimony before the Judiciary committee. “But thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to coach again."

Yet, as you can see above, his fears appear to have been allayed. "Coach K" was back in action helping his youngest daughter’s 12-and-under basketball team at the annual Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) tournament in Hyattsville, Maryland. 

Media outlets criticized Kavanaugh's cozy lifestyle, particularly when his former accuser Christine Blasey Ford is still living in fear. "Ford Is Still Receiving Death Threats, and Kavanaugh Is Back to Coaching Basketball," a Huffington Post headline read

A Washington Post piece delved into how Kavanaugh was able to retain the reputation he had before his controversial SCOTUS nomination.

"But Kavanaugh has quietly returned to some rhythms of the life he led before his confirmation, when he was a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington," the piece reads. "He has resumed serving meals to the homeless at Catholic Charities and is also back on the basketball sidelines."

Conservatives were outraged with the piece, even more so that the WaPo placed the Kavanaugh feature in the "Public Safety" section.

On Thursday, the news outlet admitted it had erred with that placement.  

“Legal affairs stories written by that author automatically default to the public safety category, a Post spokesperson said in a statement. "Obviously, this one shouldn’t have been there and once we caught the error we corrected it.”

This post has been updated.