During these uneasy times, there's a lot of opinions, ideas, solutions, arguing and just plain noise. If one thing is sure, when social issues come up you're sure to hear athletes weigh in and subsequently hear talking heads claim the athlete has no space in the opinion arena. They'll use arguments like "you make <insert $$> a year playing a sport, just shut up."
Well what the talking head doesn't understand is they're making a major contradiction. First, talking heads never had a problem getting Tom Brady's opinion but tells LeBron and KD to shut up and dribble. Anyone suspect the difference? While KD went to Texas, LeBron came out of high school straight to making millions. Many just assume he's not educated but what better way to get educated fast than being 18 years old making millions of dollars and traveling the world? There's a strong hint of jealousy in the phrase "you make millions playing basketball, just shut up" as if that human being has zero experiences or insight or lived in neighborhoods that are forgotten...I guess he just happened to make millions, didn't use it for anything good and that's it right? Or...did that human being keep adding to his wealth by new ventures and investments, getting even better at his craft and getting better contracts, supports the community...should I continue? So who's opinion are you looking for? Let's look back on that shining moment I'm talking about followed by her double standard:
One last thought, I've also heard people claim "if that athlete didn't make millions we could use that money for better causes, or pay teachers more." How does that make sense? What does a person's salary, paid for by a private company, have anything to do with government and community initiates paid by tax payer dollars? First off, most these athletes donate a ton of money. Secondly, if you're looking to take money from sports and use it for the community or paying teachers and cops more, let's start with these colossal stadiums built on taxpayer dollars. I keep hearing "Jerry's World" for the Cowboys' stadium. While Jerry is a billionaire and one would assume he could cover the cost of the stadium, he did not pay one dime. The taxpayers in Texas paid for that stadium, over a billion dollars that could've paid teachers, fed the hungry and so much more good in the community. And that's just one stadium, in one city. Almost all of these stadiums are funded by taxpayers without a vote. Here's an article by Forbes in 2018 on the subject, Click HERE.