Last week, Carmelo Anthony spoke out in regards to the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on Instagram. In his statement he encouraged other athletes to voice their opinions on these unfortunate events instead of remaining on the silent due to the fear of jeopardizing endorsement deals. On Wednesday, Anthony attempted to get more athletes to join the discussion by creating an op-ed that was published by the Guardian.
In his op-ed he mentioned that he does not have all the answers but that everyone including athletes should continue talk the conversation in order for their to be a change. He also mentioned that he plans on making a statement at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In three weeks I’ll travel to Rio with the United States’ Olympic team to perform on a global stage. I haven’t spoken with my team-mates yet about the opportunity before us and how we can take advantage of it, because at the end of the day, I want it to be genuine. If you don’t feel like you want to make a statement or make a stand, then don’t do it. You shouldn’t feel forced to do it. You have to want to do that. For me, I do feel like this is a platform where we should—we as athletes, we as Americans—use it for something. 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.
Anthony also discusses that throughout history there has been athletes that were also activist such as Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He believes that since times have changed and athletes make more money they are often told to stay out of politics. However, Anthony urges athletes to be a “human being” and stand for something.