Carmelo Anthony: Athletes Need to Fight for Political Causes

Knicks forward is prepared to lead a charge, and he’s calling for his fellow athletes to join him

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony urged fellow professional athletes to become more politically active. Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty

Following the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five police officers in a Dallas shooting this week, the Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony penned a powerful message on his Instagram calling for people to unite and find a solution to the on-going violent.

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, Anthony said people's anger should be directed towards the system — otherwise "we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing" — and urged athletes to step up and take charge alongside him.

 

First off let me start off by saying " All Praise Due To The Most High." Secondly, I'm all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I'll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn't change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn't work. We tried that. I've tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn't work. We've all tried that. That didn't work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don't have a solution, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people don't have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I'm calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can't worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

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Anthony certainly wasn't the only athlete calling for change this week. Fellow NBA star LeBron James posted on Twitter that Castile's death "sickens me and I shed multiple tears about it all." He later tweeted "#PhilandoCastile" and "#AltonSterling" followed by a call to stop the violence across the nation.

Deion Sanders, Dirk Nowitzki, Ezekiel Elliott, Kevin Durant and Elvis Andrus posted similar messages on social media throughout the day. Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban also tweeted that the city of Dallas mourns "those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to."