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SBD/November 6, 2012/Sports in Society
Taking A Stand: The Debate Over Whether Athletes Should Mix Sports And Politics
Published November 6, 2012
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LEBRON NOT AFRAID TO SHARE VIEWS: FOXSPORTSFLORIDA.com's Chris Tomasson reported Heat F LeBron James "isn't shy about" making it known that he is "once again voting for Barack Obama for President." James said, "I've been second guessed. They're saying it's bad for the brand. If I feel like I want to support someone, then go for it." James said that he "carefully researched Obama before he voted" in '08, and he has "done that again this time." Tomasson noted Basketball HOFer Michael Jordan famously said he was not supporting a Democratic candidate because "Republicans buy shoes too." But James indicated that he was "not ... afraid as an athlete to take a stand." James: "I just think it's about knowledge if you know what's going on. I've always said I feel like it's important for me to do it because that's just who I am." Tomasson wrote, "Regardless of who you're for in the election, it at least is refreshing to see James not afraid to make a stand" (FOXSPORTSFLORIDA.com, 11/5).
SAINTS ALIVE WITH POLITICAL DISCOURSE: In Baton Rouge, Ted Lewis noted Saints CB Nick Hixson is the "leader of Team Romney" in the Saints locker room, and he "made it his mission to convert as many of his teammates" before today's election. Hixson said, "I don't understand some of these guys. I thought there would be more conservatives in here." Lewis noted DE Will Smith "usually leads the Team Obama side of the discussion." Former Saints LB Scott Fujita in '08 was the "most persuasive liberal voice." LB Scott Shanle said, "Scott had his facts right and made strong cases. Will just throws out stuff all the time." Regardless of political leanings, S Roman Harper said, "There are more guys into this election than the time before. I know I've really gotten into it and see what I could learn" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 11/5).