We all saw what went down in Charlottesville this weekend, the most horrific being the cowardly, terrorist murder of Heather Heyer on Saturday afternoon.
Amid the flurry of media activity surround those events were statements from athletes across a variety of sports in a number of ways.
WATCH- Athletes Respond To Charlottesville
Athlete Responses To Charlottesville
The Seahawks’ Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem in silent protest:
@Seahawks Michael Bennett during anthem
He then discussed his thoughts on everything transpiring right now, stating “I’m challenging people to be uncomfortable” so they can get out and see what’s actually going on in today’s Trump led society so they can do something about it:
Pro Bowl DE Michael Bennett says he sat during national anthem bc “I’m challenging you to be uncomfortable” with race in U.S. #Seahawks https://t.co/SfXqoZSl4z
Marshawn Lynch, who returned to the sidelines this season after retiring last year, also took a stand by sitting before the Raiders’ game against the Cardinals Friday night.
Under Armour expressed their feelings through Twitter as well this morning:
We are saddened by #Charlottesville. There is no place for racism or discrimination in this world. We choose love & unity. – CEO Kevin Plank
For those who blast Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee, especially those who state the always lame “stick to sports”, it’s time to wake up and realize that sports, politics and social issues have all intersected and their clash is unavoidable. Then again, we already knew that. You just need to open your eyes.