Our politicians have empowered our athletes and sports leagues with the power to speak out about oppression globally but more importantly domestically. Eight congressmen support democracy and freedom of speech over profits. So let's hold them up to the ideals that they believe in.
Ironically, the letter that Tom Malinowski, Mike Gallagher, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jim Banks, Ben Sasse, Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, and Ted Cruz signed to challenge the NBA is an outline that should be used to protect athletes who want to use their platform to support democracy within the United States. The letter they wrote this past week should have been written in May of 2018.
Imagine politicians who actually held democracy and freedom of speech sacred. What type of letter would they have written to the NFL? What type of letter would they have written to support the athletes who really want to make a positive change in society?
What if the same politicians spoke out against the NFL in May of 2018? What would that letter look like? Surprisingly, it wouldn't be that different from the letter they supported last week...
Below is what should have been sent to the NFL by the authors of the NBA letter.
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