Bucks news: Malcolm Brogdon wants athletes to speak more, not less, about politics
For Milwaukee Bucks incoming second-year guard Malcolm Brogdon, athletes should use their unique platforms to voice their stances on social and political matters instead of staying inside the border of sports.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Brogdon spoke of his support for athletes gaining more involvement in the larger arena of public opinion with respect to what’s currently transpiring in society. Furthermore, Brogdon also bemoaned naysayers who doesn’t want athletes engaging such discussions.
“I think it’s extremely offensive. I think it puts us in a bubble. I think it simply implies that because were athletes we don’t have a say, we don’t have an opinion, or we don’t have the educational background to comment on things outside of sports,” Brogdon said. “I just think it’s absurd. I encourage all athletes to speak out if they’re comfortable to do it. I think it’s our duty, i don’t think it’s something we really have a choice to do. If you have a platform, you should speak out. It’s the morally right thing to do.”
That’s a well-articulated defense, one that’s as tight as Brogdon’s alma mater’s renowned pack-line defense, of athletes who are making their stances publicly know. Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James are just two of the most popular sports figures who are chastised by plenty of people for merely taking stands.
The 24-year-old Brogdon, who’s a University of Virginia graduate, is just entering his second year in the NBA, but his wisdom appears to be well ahead of his age.