New Generation of Pro Athletes Unapologetically Take Torch of Political Activism

For decades, African-American athletes have faced scrutiny for not speaking up on social issues and staying neutral on polarizing issues in order to protect their brand.

African-American athletes went from boycotting the 1968 Olympics to making infamous statements about refusing to be involved in political activism because Republicans also buy sneakers, to paraphrase Michael Jordan.

However, the days of the apolitical athletes have disappeared, and this current generation of stars has taken the torch of political activism that has been carried for so long by athletes like the late Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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