Some Chicago team owners stand up for #TakeTheKnee
September 30th, 2017
While some Chicago sports-team owners and investors are tip-toeing around the #TakeTheKnee movement born from Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police mistreatment of minorities, others are embracing the symbolism of teams locking arms or kneeling during the national anthem.
“These players are citizens like the rest of us. Being an athlete isn’t forgoing their rights to be active and to express their opinions,” said Michael Alter, CEO of the Chicago Sky. “When I grew up, I looked up at athletes who felt it was a responsibility to speak up on issues they thought were important. I still feel that way.”
Bears Chairman George McCaskey said team management is “proud to support our players” who want to promote “peace and unity.”
And Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan locked arms with players before a game in London. Khan splits his time between Florida and Illinois and is expanding his Flex-N-Gate auto-parts company into Chicago.
Check out what the Cubs and Sox have to say on the issue in the Chicago Sun-Times.