Professional athletes should just stick to playing and talking sports. The realm of professional sports serves as an escape from the real world and is most impactful when kept separate from the day's politics and news, writes Ollie Jung of the Daily Trojan. Be it professional baseball or football, etc., sports has a power to unite and heal the country after the most tenuous of circumstances, like 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombings. However, warns Jung, it's important to not let the divisive nature of politics influence and ruin the unifying effect of sports. Athletes mixing politics with sports does just that.
Pro athletes should feel free to speak their minds and political beliefs. For decades, sports and politics have always mixed. Jonah Keri of CBS Sports says that aside from topics like racism (think Jackie Robinson), there are numerous aspects of sports that are inherently and inevitably political, such as stadium finance deals, wages, draft picks, college sports and, even the national anthem. Politics are unavoidable in sports, and athletes who want to speak out should not be forced to remain quiet about the world around them. Sports are part of this world, not separate from it.