Athletes have been speaking up about the police-related murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as the Dallas shooting spree, which left five cops dead and seven more injured Thursday night.
But it's one thing to make hashtag-laden posts on Twitter or Instagram and another thing to take action.
Carmelo Anthony wants the latter and he's calling on his fellow athletes to join in with him. On Friday, the New York Knicks' All-Star forward took to his IG account, calling for his "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."
Read his moving IG post in full below.
Salute to Melo for this post.
The photo Anthony used to drive home his plead derives from the iconic Muhammad Ali Summit of June 1967, when sports legends such as Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell joined together in support of his decision to refuse to be drafted by the U.S. Army for the Vietnam war.
Like the legends before them, just imagine if Melo, King James and many more athletes pool together to demand and force change.
We hope this is the start of a positive turn because enough is enough, already.
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