Do We Care About Athletes and their Viewpoints?
I always find it funny that many people want athletes to speak up when it comes to political viewpoints, etc. Then, if they say something we don't like, we tell them to shut up and play ball.
Shortly after the start of the NFL season, Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo came out openly in favor of same-sex marriage. Then, center and teammate Matt Birk wrote an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune opposing it. Ayanbadejo is attacked by a delegate for the Maryland legislature for his views, the delegate even called for a boycott of the team and for the team to silence him.
Golfer Phil Mickelson came out recently in complaint about the new federal and state (for his home state of California) tax regulations. He goes so far as to say he may move out of his home state and that is also why he dropped out of the ownership group buying the Padres. Later, he apologizes after massive backlash from many people.
On the other hand...Michael Jordan had been approached by the North Carolina Democratic party about campaigning against then-Senator Jesse Helms, he responded with, "No, Republicans buy shoes, too."
We see this in Hollywood all the time with politically and socially active celebrities. Should we the same in sports?
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