For the briefest moment, Cain looked like he may have just dropped the mic, but said moment was shattered after milliseconds by MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner, who asked, you know, what Will Cain was even talking about. To wit:

“What are you even talking about?” Wagner asked. “Like, you have to be a seer to make policy? What does that even mean? You ask the Republicans, like, should women be able to have abortions after 20 weeks. They have plenty to say on that, but when you ask about global warming: ‘I’m not a scientist, man.’”


Never mind that Cain transitioned from the stance that Lewinsky committed some crime by blowing Bill Clinton into the stance that modern science has yet to progress past the Stone Age, or that there isn’t a nigh-unanimous consensus that climate change is real and is already affecting our planet, as evidenced by historic droughts and miserable winters and polar ice caps that are melting right now, today, at this moment, and so on. It’s a hell of a thing that ESPN allowed Will Cain to show up in Maher’s studio. It’s a hell of a thing that he was allowed to shoot the shit with Maher about politics. It’s also a hell of a thing that this loquacious fleshbox of mayo incarnate was allowed to do so under the banner of ESPN.

A quick trip down the Will Cain rabbit hole shows that before ESPN, he rarely spoke about sports. More often, though, Cain has carved out a role as a shill who works to further the interests and ambitions of oil corporations, Republican political candidates who attempt to hoodwink and/or energize their base, and those who vilify women and/or minorities while denying their agency. Here, for example, is one other time Will Cain apprised the role of Sports Expert, defending the use of the term “Redskins” by Washington’s football team on The View:

What he certainly is not, however, is a reporter. So how did he get a reporting job at ESPN? What the fuck are they doing?


This is not a hypothetical. We asked ESPN today why The Man Who Would Be Tuck can go on shows and say that climate change is not real.

“This was a one-off,” an ESPN spokesperson said about the HBO appearance, “due to a prior arrangement before he was hired.”


Does that mean Cain will be prevented from going on other shows and talking politics and spitting this fire as an employee of ESPN?! The spox paused.

“I can’t say that he can’t make appearances on other shows or speak on politics.”


Congrats, Will!