I was thinking the other day about Muhammed Ali and his conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War, and i also remembered the attention baseball player Carlos Delgado attracted a couple of years ago when he stayed in the dugout during the playing of the national anthem to protest against the Iraq war.
So i thought i’d see if we could start a list of politically committed sports players who are open about their politics. I’m thinking here of politics broadly conceived, not just in narrow party terms.
Having said that, i’d sort of like to avoid making this a list of players who do charity work. Sure, much philanthropic work is rooted in some sort of moral or political position, but there’s not much that’s politically controversial or contentious about, for example, helping in a soup kitchen or visiting kids with cancer. Participating in pro-choice or anti-abortion campaigns, or in gun rights issues, however, would qualify. And obviously, vocal support for a political party is a clear indicator.
You get the idea. Obviously there’ll be some grey areas; if you’re unsure, throw it in.