How NFL, NBA, and MLB players are taking a stand against Social Injustice

The major sports leagues in the U.S are taking a stand against systemic racism, I’ll rate how they are doing, and how they are doing it.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Eli Harold #58, Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest on the sideline, during the anthem,  prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the 49ers 45-16. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – OCTOBER 15: Eli Harold #58, Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest on the sideline, during the anthem, prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the 49ers 45-16. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

Social injustice is a hot topic on everyone minds recently, including the minds of the tars surrounding the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Trying to use their large speaking platforms to benefit the community, stars like Lebron James, Patrick Mahomes, Alvin Kamara, and the entire Milwaukee Bucks team are speaking out and holding out in protest of the issue. All three organizations have been trying to take a step towards equality and fight to end social injustice, I will be taking an in-depth look at all three, showing you what each is like.

The NBA is going to be put in the A-tier. What the NBA has been doing trumps all of the other major sports organizations. Between all players and coaches wearing the names of the victims afflicted by police brutality, and suspending playoff play until further notice to protest the death of Jacob Blake. They have really taken the extra step to to represent the anti-racism movement taking 2020 by storm. Major athletes apart of the NBA have used their speaking platform to get their message across, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis had this to say, “Our main focus is on social justice, and we are lucky to have a ton of guys who are public figures like Lebron, Chris Paul, all these guys sticking up and speaking out on the forefront.

The NFL is on my B-tier. Yes, the NFL did ridicule and outcast ColinĀ  Kaepernick after he sparked the first protests of the national anthem, but they have come a long way. What they did to Kaepernick was terrible, but he put millions of dollars on the line so he could get his message across, and the NFL had no support over the protests. Four years later the NFL has come a long way. The commissioner Roger Goodell went from speaking out against the protests to making countless video promotions and endorsements in support of it. The NFL donated a large sum of money to charities and programs helping neighborhoods afflicted with racism, players wearing the names of the murdered victims of police brutality, but the commissioner himself even says, they have a long way to go.

The MLB is on my C-tier. Even doing my research I have barley found any evidence of the league front office doing its part to end systemic racism in the league, and its there. In the world series a few years back, Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel, calling a player of Chinese decent a slur, and showing hate towards him. It is not all bad though, the players mostly have been taking a stand and using their platform to speak out against the racism, even going as far as to threaten a holdout if the MLB did not take action. Like the NBA the MLB suspended league play in protest of police brutality, after Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back.

As the protests evolve we as the people can only hope that the major sports leagues in our country will continue to use their major speaking platforms and large wallets to help end this span of social injustice.