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Carmelo Anthony Wants U.S. Team To Take A Stand Against Gun Violence In Rio

“I do feel like this is a platform where we should — we as athletes, we as Americans — use it for something.”
USA's Carmelo Anthony celebrates following their victory over Spain in the Gold Medal game at the at the North Greenwich Aren
USA's Carmelo Anthony celebrates following their victory over Spain in the Gold Medal game at the at the North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In April of last year, Carmelo Anthony took to the streets of Baltimore, the city where he grew up, in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died while in police custody that month.

Since then, the New York Knicks star has become a vocal opponent of not only the police’s mistreatment of civilians, but gun violence throughout the country more generally, participating in the NBA’s anti-gun violence PSAs and speaking out on multiple occasions, including when his own teammate, Cleanthony Early, was shot in December. 

Following the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five Dallas police officers, Anthony is now suggesting that he and his fellow basketball players take a stand on the biggest sports stage in the world: the Olympics.

In a blog post published on The Guardian on Wednesday, Anthony suggested, albeit rather coyly, that he wants his teammates on the U.S. Olympics basketball team to do something in Rio de Janeiro that will help effect change. 

“For me, I do feel like this is a platform where we should — we as athletes, we as Americans — use it for something,” he continued. “Whether we make a statement out there or send a message, we can show the world that we’re united. Whatever way we want to do it, this is a chance to do something meaningful before an audience of billions. I don’t know what that something is yet, but we still have time to figure it out.”

The suggestion comes less than a week after Anthony posted an Instagram in which he said, “I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge.”

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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