Some teams are beginning to take bolder stands in the racial justice arena.
The Baltimore Ravens, led by their players, put out a statement detailing a series of specific actions they want to see in the fight for racial justice. It includes arresting the officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, as well as the end of qualified immunity for abusive officers and prison sentencing reform.
To my eyes, this is an incredibly important—and surprising—action from the Ravens. But that is just one organization in a league dominated by conservative owners and vocally attacked by the president for giving any quarter to player protests.
It remains to be seen how many other teams will follow suit. My hope is that more players will take inspiration from the actions of other leagues and from the Baltimore Ravens and take stronger actions for racial equality.
It also remains to be seen how the fans respond. Of all the major sports…