The increasingly “woke” retail chain Dick’s Sporting Goods is once again proving why Americans who value life and liberty should never set foot inside another one of their stores ever again.
Following the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision last week to overturn one of the worst SCOTUS rulings in history — Roe v. Wade, the legalization of infanticide in America — the company’s CEO, Lauren Hobert — likely without even consulting the company’s board of directors — put out a statement that women employees in states that now ban abortions or severely limit them will be provided financial assistance to travel out of that state to get an abortion.
She posted on LinkedIn: “At DICK’S, our teammates are the heart of our business, and we are committed to protecting their health and well-being.
“Today, the Supreme Court announced a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, removing the federal right to an abortion and leaving the decision up to each state.
“While we do not know what decision each state will make in response to this ruling, we at DICK’S Sporting Goods are prepared to ensure that all of our teammates have consistent and safe access to the benefits we provide, regardless of the state in which they live.
“In response to today’s ruling, we are announcing that if a state one of our teammates lives in restricts access to abortion, DICK’S Sporting Goods will provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement to travel to the nearest location where that care is legally available. This benefit will be provided to any teammate, spouse or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, along with one support person.
“We recognize people feel passionately about this topic — and that there are teammates and athletes who will not agree with this decision. However, we also recognize that decisions involving health and families are deeply personal and made with thoughtful consideration. We are making this decision so our teammates can access the same health care options, regardless of where they live, and choose what is best for them.”
Here is a screenshot of Hobert’s LinkedIn post in case she takes it down:
The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods on LinkedIn pic.twitter.com/maqYINYSUQ
— Matt Lindner (@mattlindner) June 24, 2022
This is Dick’s second recent foray into the “woke.”
During the Trump administration, the company made the decision to stop selling so-called “assault weapons” in response to a mass shooting, the kind of which are exceedingly rare in our country of some 335 million people and 100 million gun owners. And as a result, the company’s revenue dropped substantially.
As reported by the Daily Wire, CEO Edward Stack must have seen it coming because he told CNN last week that his decision to fully embrace the Marxist Left’s gun control movement will result in “people who don’t shop us anymore for anything.” Limiting gun sales beyond legal limits is “not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales standpoint.”
He was right. Fortune reported last week that the chain was experiencing “deeper than expected sales decline” of guns … and everything else.
“Dick’s move last month at its three-dozen Field & Stream stores — extending a ban on assault-style rifles already in place at its namesake locations — came after a fatal shooting spree at a Florida high school. The company also raised the age limit to 21 from 18 on the purchase of any firearm. But the effect on its business remains to be seen,” the Fortune report read.
Well, it’s already being “seen.” As of that report, shares of the company had fallen by 7.3 percent to $30.19, the biggest single-day decline since last fall. Before the new gun policies were implemented, sales had climbed 13 percent since the first of the year.
Woke corporations are going to virtue-signal themselves right out of existence.