“While African Americans are disproportionately represented in sports such as basketball, football, track and boxing, it should be noted that they are underrepresented in activities such as lacrosse, soccer, hockey, swimming, tennis, golf, and skating.”
"GIVEN THE VISIBILITY OF GENDER INEQUALITIES IN BUDGETS, SPORT OFFERINGS, SCHOLARSHIPS, PUBLICITY, AND RECRUITMENT, WOMEN IN SPORT MAY BE MORE EASILY SENSITIZED TO THEIR DISADVANTAGED POSITION AND THUS READY TO ACTIVELY CHALLENGE SUCH INEQUALITIES." (Blinde, taub, and han)
"Sport participation was found to be empowering for women at the personal or individual level. Involvement in sport facilitated the development of qualities such as bodily competence, perceptions of a competent self, and the adoption of a proactive approach to life." (Blinde, Taub, and Han)
Both basketball and football are team sports. Both are in the media spotlight. However, basketball players seem more likely to speak out.
Harry Edwards asked both OJ Simpson (football) and Lew Alcindor (basketball) to participate in the Olympic Project for Human Rights. Simpson refused and avoided activism his entire career, while Alcindor was willing to speak out about injustice.
Today, Lebron James frequently speaks out on social issues, and sometimes entire basketball teams unite in protest and activism. However, Colin Kaepernick is the only pro football player receiving media coverage for taking a stand on social issues, and the coverage is almost completely negative. For some reason, it seems more natural for basketball players to participate in activism than football players.
I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE GUYS. I DON’T THINK I’D EVER DO THAT. . . . I GUESS YOU COULD CONSIDER [COLIN KAEPERNICK’S ACTIVISM] A DISTRACTION, ALTHOUGH IT MEANT SOMETHING TO HIM. I WOULDN’T WANT TO BRING THAT UPON THE TEAM AS WELL WITH SO MUCH MEDIA CIRCULATION AND ALL THAT STUFF. I DEFINITELY WOULD HAVE GONE ABOUT IT A DIFFERENT WAY.