Major sporting events always have a spotlight on them, which is why they're prime locations for anyone looking to make a politically-charged point.

It was in August of 2016 that San Francisco 49er quarterback and NFL star Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the American National Anthem, saying he refused “to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Reactions to his demonstration were mixed, and today Kaepernick no longer has a job with the league (although there is no official confirmation this fact is related to his game day dissent). Protests during sporting events, both by athletes and spectators, have been happening for over 100 years. Take a look back at the history of individuals and teams across a variety of sports who used their games’ world stage to bring attention to the points they felt needed to be made.


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Jay Moon

Jay Moon is a writer who has turned the wanderlust that found him backpacking around Canada and the U.S. as a young lad into a writing lust that has him embracing the opportunity to cover topics about anything (and everything) he can get his now middle-aged eyes, ears, and hands on.