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Fan take: More Than an Athlete

Published February 13, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Earlier this week, we shared a story about former TE Martellus Bennett using his star power for good. After penning a poem titled “Dear Black Boy” in 2016 following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Bennett wrote a book by the same name. The book is intended to “encourage young Black boys to ‘dare, plan, work, and most essentially, dream clear of dictates, expectations or stereotypes.” There’s no doubt about it: congratulations are in order to Bennett for making history and using his voice to make a positive impact.

In the past, when celebrities have used their clout to speak on issues important to them, they are instantly told to stay in their lane (Colin Kaepernick, anyone?). But in this instance, nobody is slamming Bennett for his efforts. It could be due to not enough people knowing about his book (which would be a shame) or it could be that they actually agree with his efforts and support him.

So where’s the line between speaking out of turn and standing up for those that are marginalized? Do you think athletes, whether they’re on your team or not, should use their social standing to speak out on issues plaguing the country? Or do you think that they should stay silent on the matter? If they’re donating the time and effort to supporting causes, will that qualify them to speak on the subject at hand? Do you want your athletes to be more than a body on the field? We want to hear from you fans, because after all, you can have brains AND brawn!

Power To The Fans!

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