September 28, 2016
His name is Michael Rose-Ivey and he’s putting professional athletes who remain silent on social injustice to shame. The unpaid football player for University of Nebraska thanked his coach and the media before reading a powerful prepared speech on why he and a fellow Huskers player joined NFL star Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem and the backlash he received as a result. The student athlete’s potentially risky stance puts the silence and lukewarm statements from professional athletes under sharper criticism. We hope more professional athletes will step up to the plate and take a cue from Ivey and the growing number of bold athletes speaking up for change. Platforms should be used for good.