Sports is about more than ball­games

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION - Kim Fos­ter, South Loop Send let­ters to let­

Am I miss­ing some­thing?

When I read An­to­nio Acevedo’s Aug. 30 let­ter against pro ath­letes who boy­cotted games, the first word that came to mind was, “Re­ally!” How tone deaf and self­ish his let­ter comes across.

Hope­fully, he read Neil Stein­berg’s col­umn in Mon­day’s pa­per — sports is about more than play­ing ball­games. The fact that the Ja­cob Blake tragedy is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the en­tire truth not yet be­ing known is not the point. The video did not lie. Mr. Acevedo some­how thinks there may be some jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the po­lice of­fi­cer shoot­ing an un­armed man in the back seven times?

Ev­ery Amer­i­can has a right to protest and stand up for their be­liefs. Ath­letes are not here just for en­ter­tain­ment. They pay taxes, vote and have the same rights as each of us to speak out against in­jus­tice and have a plat­form to do so. There are many other ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to for­get about our fears.

Maybe vol­un­teer at a hospi­tal and help those pa­tients who are sick and re­cu­per­at­ing. Vol­un­teer at a church or com­mu­nity cen­ter and help those in need. Or maybe take time to read the Bi­ble and learn about how to cope with fear.

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