Should Athletes make political statements during a sporting event?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. Frienderal profile image71
    Frienderalposted 4 years ago

    Should Athletes make political statements during a sporting event?

    Are athletes and politics a bad mix? World class athletes are certainly role models for many. By stepping out in support or opposition to social, religious and political issues, athletes can draw attention and bring forth a political movement. Indeed, the athletes can exercise their rights to freedom of speech. But what if their controversial political statements divide the nation?

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/9014968_f260.jpg

  2. Kathleen Cochran profile image79
    Kathleen Cochranposted 4 years ago

    They are not military.  They haven't taken an oath to protect, preserve and defend anything.  As far as I'm concerned, they can say anything they want.

  3. M. T. Dremer profile image93
    M. T. Dremerposted 4 years ago

    Athletes and celebrities have a unique opportunity when it comes to politics. Since they have such wide exposure, they have the power to bring attention to an issue that most people might never have heard about. They aren't obligated to do so, but they have the right to speak their mind if they so choose. However, they do face potential backlash. Not just from fans who may disagree, but from the corporate world. They have the right to say whatever they want and not get arrested, but that doesn't mean they can't get fired or lose sponsors. It's entirely up to them if they want to take that risk.

  4. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 4 years ago

    Freedom of speech applies to everyone including athletes and celebrities. No one person's statements or beliefs divides a nation. Most people have already "picked a side" on most issues.
    When a celebrity speaks out it shines a light on the issues itself for many who may have been unaware of it.
    A lot of people were unaware of the troubles in Darfur before George Clooney started talking about it.
    Having said that there are many people who want athletes, actors, singers, and other performers to shut up and simply be highly paid "court jesters" who entertain us. Maybe these people see such people with fame as having an "unfair" advantage to sway public opinion.
    Personally speaking I have never bought any product because a celebrity advertised it and I will not form my opinions based upon theirs either. They're entitled to talk about whatever is on their minds.

  5. TwerkZerker profile image87
    TwerkZerkerposted 4 years ago

    Technically, they can say whatever they want. But if an athlete has a grain of sense he'll keep his views on controversial issues to himself.

    Team managers and sponsors don't necessarily want to be seen as "being affiliated" with the views a sponsored athlete holds. That's why (although no first amendment rights have been violated), we've seen athletes be "let go" from their teams for being outspoken for AND against homosexuality and LGBT issues, just as an example.

    Going public with views on contentious issues puts an athlete on the hot seat. Having the views isn't wrong--but broadcasting them to the whole word isn't very smart. There will almost always be undesirable repercussions.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)