There was a time when all we expected from our professional athletes was for them to go out and entertain us at a high level. Now we are expecting them to share their personal beliefs and give their takes on current events of the day. No longer are they just entertainers and athletes, we are asking them to become something much more.
Around the country, the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown has spawned protests and given many a cause for concern. From politicians to entertainment figures and professional athletes, people are taking a stand for what they believe in. Recently, notable athletes such as LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others (including the St. Louis Rams receivers) have made their opinions heard by displaying their beliefs on the court/field.
The issue of athletes sharing their personal beliefs during games or pre-game has always been a controversial discussion. Are these influential athletes impacting the opinions of society – and if so, is that a negative occurrence or not?
We take a look at the evolution of the role professional athletes now play in society as well as the amount of pressure that is being laid upon them to take a stand on the issues of today.
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