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Sports Illustrated Names The Activist Athlete Sportsperson Of The Year

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This is really great. Multimillionaires who talk a big game but don’t actually do anything, well, other than drive fans away with their politics

SI’s 2020 Sportsperson of the Year: The Activist Athlete

Lakers star LeBron James, WNBA’s Breanna Stewart, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tennis champ Naomi Osaka, and former Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were named 2020 Sportspersons of the Year by Sports Illustrated (SI) for being “champions on the field, and champions for others off it.”

James, who SI called “already a contender for GOAT,” and said “there is debate over whether he’s the greatest NBA player ever,” was also given the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award by SI for putting “his considerable energy into inspiring young people to go to the ballot box in the face of voter suppression.” (snip)

Taylor, a forward for the Seattle Storm, “spoke loudly against racism and for women’s equality,” according to SI. “Her support of Black Lives Matter never wavered, from the season’s opening tip to the Storm’s title celebration.”

Super Bowl MVP Mahomes “used his platform as the NFL’s transcendent star to push the league to recognize the Black Lives Matter movement and players’ rights to protest,” according to SI.

SI said that Osaka “embraced her fame and found her voice in the fight against social injustice,” and that Super Bowl champion Duvernay-Tardif “left the NFL to join the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.”

The publication said they will provide more of the athlete’s stories in detail on Monday.

How much of their own money are they giving to the causes? How much of their own time is being spent going out and actually helping? It’s really easy to write some words on Instagram and such, it’s a lot hard to get out there, and, say, spend time in the poor, crime ridden, poorly educated black neighborhoods as they were set up by the Democratic Party, attempting to get kids to move forward.

But, hey, if they want to call people who drive sports fans away from sports, have at it.


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