The death of African-American George Floyd in a violent arrest has sparked a wave of protest in the USA against racism and police violence. The world of sport is also taking a stand.
In the social media, sports celebrities from all over the world posted statements against racism and discrimination:
In his active career, NBA superstar Michael Jordan was not known to talk about political or social issues. This makes his current statement all the more important.
In the past, NBA star LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has drawn attention to police violence against minorities. This time, James is also taking the floor.
The Black Lives Matter movement and its associated hashtag are committed to opposing violence against blacks and people of color, respectively. Black Lives Matter regularly organizes protests against the killing of blacks by law enforcement officials and on broader issues such as racial profiling, police violence and racism.
Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton also uses the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, which has been used in social networks since 2013.
According to Forbes, Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka is the world's highest earning sportswoman. The world number ten is the only woman in the top 100 richest sportswomen and sportsmen alongside Serena Williams (9th in the WTA world rankings). Osaka is ranked 29th in the Forbes Ranking 2020 with annual revenues of 37.4 million dollars, Serena Williams is ranked 33rd with 36 million dollars.
Simone Biles is the most successful gymnast in history with 25 World Championship medals. In addition, she has won four Olympic gold medals and one Olympic bronze medal.
As the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers at the time, Colin Kaepernick was one of the key players in 2016 in the fight of athletes against racism and discrimination. During the obligatory US anthem before NFL games, Kaepernick knelt on the sidelines. Several NFL players joined his anthem protest at that time. Kaepernick, however, was sharply criticized by US President Donald Trump.
The San Francisco 49ers did not extend Kaepernick's expiring contract in early 2017. Since then, the former Super Bowl participant has been without a team.
The US-American Mikaela Shiffrin has dominated the women's alpine skiing world cup for years. On Twitter, she has a strong opinion about the current situation.
The Russian Alexander Ovechkin has been one of the top stars in the NHL for years. He plays at the Washington Capitals and makes an appeal to society via Twitter.
When Adidas retweets a tweet from its main competitor Nike, there must be a good reason:
Sporting goods manufacturer Puma calls for donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by police violence.
Outdoor brands such as Arc'teryx, Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia or The North Face also publicly opposed racism and discrimination.
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We have stayed silent for too long. There is systemic racism haunting the communities we love. We felt as though an Instagram post without action couldn’t meaningfully address this systemic problem – but we realize that an issue this entrenched must be named, and we must speak up. This has been a humbling process for us. As a business and as an industry we haven’t always gotten it right, and have a long way to go. We are committed to taking action to change, no matter how long it takes. Racism, injustice and violence need to stop. We stand in solidarity with black lives in communities around the world. We marvel at the strength of joining together to confront injustice, and will use our voice to seek justice where we live, work, and play. We promote the positive power of humans to be problems solvers. We will educate whenever and wherever we can. We commit to ensuring that every single human feels at home in everything we do. The outdoors is for everyone. This world is for everyone. We cannot stop until every person is welcomed equally. #BlackLivesMatter
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Our purpose is to inspire and enable everyone to lead active outdoor lives. MEC stands in solidarity with our black communities in Canada. Anti-Black racism is an injustice that must be named specifically and resisted actively. We encourage allies to learn more about anti-Black racism in Canada through the link in our bio. MEC calls on its member and staff allies to amplify the voices of black leaders and communities, and to actively oppose all racism everywhere. MEC signed the Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge in 2018. It specifies the work we need to undertake – and continue – and it holds us accountable. We are aligned with the guiding principles of the pledge, which include: 1.Hiring and supporting a diverse workforce and executive leadership 2.Presenting representative marketing and advertising in the media 3.Engaging and supporting broadly representative ambassador athletes 4.Sharing our experiences with other leading brands Please note: In our previous post we shared that the Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge (@outdoorceopledge ) is administered through the Diversify Outdoors coalition. This is incorrect.