Sports has a hammer: Get used to it

When will it dawn on people that this is reality?

When will some understand that many athletes don’t just run fast and jump high but have thoughts on significant issues facing society and choose to use their platform to further their causes?

When will local governments understand that when legislation is passed that is believed to infringe on civil rights protections, there are going to be economic ramifications. Just as an athlete taking a controversial stand risks losing fans and endorsements, a state passing divisive legislation risks losing major events.

Sports has a hammer. Get used to it.

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