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This week, we discuss the sports world’s reaction to the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and the widespread protests that followed. We start with the NFL, which released a statement of support that was widely criticized for being empty and disingenuous. The Hot Takedown team largely agrees with that criticism: The league made its bed years ago when it froze former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job after his protests of police killings. There’s very little the league can do to rebuild its credibility, especially on issues of racial justice.
We also talk about how players are responding. On the whole, more athletes are speaking out — whether because sports are on pause or because protests like Kaepernick’s paved the way for a class of athletes more comfortable advocating for justice.
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