Sports and Politics Are a Match Made in Hell

Sports and Politics Are a Match Made In Hell

Some things go together quite well (peanut butter and jelly), but there are some things that should never be mixed.  For example, bleach and vinegar should never be combined, because mixing bleach and vinegar creates a toxic chlorine gas that can cause chemical burns to people’s eyes and lungs.  Another thing that should never be combined is sports and politics.  For many fans, sports and politics are a match made in hell.

Why do athletes want to be political activist?

When I was a kid, I heard people say, “All athletes want to be rock stars, and all rock stars want to be athletes.”  Apparently, even successful people have dreams of being someone else.  Unfortunately, today it is cool to be a social justice warrior, so there are numerous athletes who want to be political activist.

An athlete being a political activist is nothing new.  In 1968, Americans medalist Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fist in the air during the playing of the national anthem.  Probably the most famous athlete to be a political activist is Muhammad Ali.  In 1967, Muhammad Ali (citing religious reasons) refused to be inducted into the United States Army.

Are athletes qualified to be political activist?

The First Amendment gives everyone the right to express their political beliefs.  Even though everyone has free speech in America, the speech of athletes should be taken with a grain of salt.  First of all, the vast majority of professional athletes do not have college degrees.  Now, I will be the first to admit that a college degree does not signify intelligence.  In fact, there are millions of idiots with college degrees.  Even though a college degree does not signify intelligence, it should signify that a person has at least a basic understanding of American government.  Unfortunately, many athletes are using their fame to try to persuade people’s beliefs, but they lack even a basic understanding of American government.

Conclusion

Professional athletes have a larger platform than most people to share their political beliefs.  Obviously, there are some athletes who are extremely intelligent, and have a great understanding of the problems facing America.  Truthfully, most athletes are not highly intelligent or even well-informed citizens.  Sadly, many athletes are using their fame to persuade people to believe in causes that are not good for Americans.  Unfortunately, as long as being a social justice warrior is cool, America’s sports fans are stuck with activist athletes.  Fans will either have to listen to activist players or quit watching the sport that they love

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