Activism in sports is not new. From baseball’s Robinson to boxing’s Muhammad Ali to football’s Colin Kaepernick to football’s Megan Rapinoe, athletes have long exerted social-justice pressures that matter to them and their communities. But the breadth and public nature of the efforts over the past year, as opposition to social justice has demeaned the country on the eve of the presidential election, often showing the willingness of leagues, teams and athletes to join the debate and take positions Has been postponed.
Sometimes this shift was done reluctantly, as a result of changing national politics or public opinion. Sometimes teams and leagues were motivated to act by their own players. But on Friday, the show once again showed that the game is not just entertainment.
“Throughout the year, there are a lot of things going on, not only with the epidemic, but as a society,” Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said on Friday. “He moved it for the right reasons.”
Just five years ago, Kaepernick’s decision to kneel silently during the national anthem in protest against systemic racism and police brutality led to some team owners criticizing harsh resentment and a tightening of the white fan base. But ultimately, even NFL owners like Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, who once Ordered his players to kneel During the national anthem, were Stand by him On the edges.
And the players know that his wealth and his stature gave him a valuable megaphone, aided by social media. After Jacob Blake, a black man was left paralyzed by police in Conosa, Wis. The Milwaukee Bucks refused to participate in a playoff game in Orlando, Fla., In August. Within the hour, dozens of other teams in other leagues. Was involved in stopping work. Within days, basketball player It emerged from a meeting with NBA officials with new commitments that it would join their fight against social injustice.
Some players went beyond political functions such as campaigning for specific candidates. In the WNBA, the player on the Atlanta Dream turns out to be Aggrieved From statements by Republican Senator Kyle Loeffler, the team’s co-owner, about the Black Leaves Matter movement that he said his rival, Dr. Rafael ji Actively campaigned for Warnock. Wear a t-shirt with your name on it In court. Loeffler lost the election, winning not only his opponent but also another Democrat running in the state.