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People are giving soon-to-be-unemployed Colin Kaepernick shit because he said he's now willing to stand for the national anthem. Critics have been blasting him and other athletes for injecting politics into sports. They think sports should be a unifying force, not divisive. Others support athletes taking a stand because athletes are leaders and role models—standing up for your beliefs is what leaders and role models do. Besides it's a free country and people can say what they want. What do you think?

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Former NFL Patriot Donté Stallworth says it's completely appropriate for athletes to speak out about politics. Society holds athletes to high standards and look to them to be role models, so athletes must lead and stand up for what they believe. Many of these athletes come from disadvantaged backgrounds that give them a better perspective on issues than some bought and paid for politicians.

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Critics say sports and politics don't mix because it should be a non-partisan thing. Sports brings people together with love (or hate) of a team. While it's fine for athletes to express their beliefs, the fact of the matter is people watch sports to avoid politics and to connect with like-minded people. Injecting sports into politics defeats the point of sports. 

I’ve seen it a million times in Washington, particularly in cable news green rooms. Two politicians or pundits who are diametrically opposed to each other ideologically manage to be friendly with each other solely because they can talk about the Nationals’ roster or the Redskins’ terrible coaching. I’ve also seen the same thing at airports, bars (and airport bars), in line at the DMV and in almost every other public space. Rich and poor, black and white, liberal and conservative, Southerner and Northerner: People from all walks of life can engage in friendly conversation about this widely shared cultural institution.
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FINAL RESULTS
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Should athletes speak out about politics?
A festive crown for the winner
#AthletesShouldLead
#SportsNotPolitics