The politics/sports nerds at FiveThirtyEight recently produced a podcast on these protests and professional athlete activism in general. One insight: where once coaches and teams could squelch such uppity behavior by threatening to cut short a performer's career, the top players in pro sports nowadays make so much money and are so valuable to teams, they can get away with far more political expression. And when a few stars step out, there is more room for others.
The U.S. Soccer Federation is fighting back. Here's Ken Reed from League of Fans on that decision.
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Rapinoe has said she'll stand this year, as has Kaepernick (if he catches on somewhere). But these aren't children; athletes are adults and they have growing support for expressing political opinions. FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten reported that a majority of U.S. residents express support for athletes' right to make public political statements -- though a majority also don't approve of their doing it in the context of the anthem. Most likely, there will be more ...