Sport Fred VanVleet expresses players’ quandary between playing, social justice
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The NFL is shortening the preseason by one game next year to transition to a 17-game regular season, so it makes sense to eliminate preseason games this season given the circumstances. Most established players view the exhibition games as a nuisance, so Tate is surely not alone with that thinking.While there almost certainly are not going to be four preseason games this year, it sounds like there’s a chance there could be none. That would probably make Tate and others even happier.
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Players struggled with that topic and discussed it amongst themselves. While most will still be going to Orlando for the restart, saying they want to, the decision wasn’t come to lightly.
The Raptors’summed up that quandary speaking to reporters on Monday, .
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“It sucks. It sucks, man. It’s terrible timing. But that’s been 2020 for us,” VanVleet said. “We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense. But life goes on. We’re all young, Black guys. None of us want to give any money (from their salaries) back. I don’t think that we should. I think that money can be used in a number of different ways. This is not going to end this summer regardless, or over the next couple of months. This issue, racial injustice, social injustice, police brutality, all these things are not ending anytime soon. Our fight is long term. That was part of my decision. But if the league, or more of my guys would have come together and said we didn’t want to play, I would have sat out as well. I wouldn’t have even fought it. I think most of us decided to play. It’s something we’ll have to live with. I trust that my heart’s in the right place and I’m doing enough to make change.”
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That sums up well what other players have said off the record. There was legitimate debate among players about whether using the league’s platform in Orlando to promote social justice or not playing was the right cause. However, when the, players felt they had to go.
As with many decisions the coronavirus has forced upon people, there are no easy answers. NBA players have made their decision, but Fred VanVleet’s words express the conflicted sentiments of many players on this issue.
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Hall of Famer Wayne Embry: ‘Going ahead and playing now could be a model’ .
While some NBA players are considering whether to play when the league restarts next month amid the massive Black Lives Matter movement — something they don’t want to distract from — Hall of Famer Wayne Embry knows what he would do. "I've always been a proponent of sports being a model of a greater society because we come together from different cultures and different backgrounds and work toward a common goal," Embry said, via ESPN. Embry played