Former Olympian Lolo Jones thinks people need to be very careful when it comes to protesting during sporting events.
Jones, who has appeared in the Olympics three times, appeared Monday on Fox News to discuss the games in Tokyo and said there’s a “delicate balance” between sports and politics. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
“I think sometimes people just want to tune in to watch sports, to just watch sports, and they’re not there for the political side of it. But then on the athlete’s side, the athletes are like, ‘this is the biggest platform I’ve ever had and I want to speak my causes,'” Jones further explained.
She also spoke about fans being banned from the events in Tokyo, and told Fox News, “Not only is it the fans with COVID protocols, they don’t have their family and friends there, and this is what the Olympics is all about. Whether they go there and win a medal … celebrate with their family after or they go there and lose … they need that support and that comfort. It’s really tough on these athletes.
It’s hard to disagree with anything Jones said in her interview. The reality of the situation is that fans don’t want to see protesting, and we’ve seen it time and time again.
There used to be a time when that was just expected.
Golf star @PReedGolf is proud to be competing for Team USA in the Olympics and said he’d play for America “no matter what.”
We need more athletes standing up for the red, white and blue, and fewer athletes like LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/y1HTxR66Ah
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) July 27, 2021
If you really want to protest, then leave it here in America. While I still hate that, it’s substantially less bad than doing it while representing the USA.
Just focus on winning and everything else will take care of itself!