Politics and Basketball
Old 08-29-2008, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been watching a lot of the Democratic National Convention Stuff and seeing guys like Charles Barkley and Spike Lee got me thinking that a lot of NBA players may get involved in the political process. Barack Obama and his run for president has got a lot of NBA folks speaking out on politics. I personally think it can be something good for the youth that follow the NBA to understand that politics and government are important.

I decided to write about it if you want to check it out:
http://dinonationblog.wordpress.com/...ote-for-obama/

If not what do you think about athletes getting into things like politics. Is it a good thing or a bad thing. Does it make you care any more or less about it?
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I have always thought Sam Mitchell would be a decent politician.
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It's a terrible thing, it would be like a hollywood action star becoming governer, or even...a B-list actor becomming president.
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or a fake wrestler becoming governor...
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or a fake wrestler becoming governor...
Now, now. Wrestling's great and he was a wonderful wrestling heel and governor.
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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political opinion, no. i don't think a basketball player should have an influence on who you should vote for.

political awareness, yes. influence the fans to take interest.
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I have always thought Sam Mitchell would be a decent politician.
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Bill Bradley should have been the nominee in 2000, and the guy the Supreme Court ripped off.

And I would say there has been a move to use athletes to raise awareness and stir interest. One thing I caught was Bill Russell's daughter organizing athletes in this sense. I only remember Bill Russell and Lenny Wilkens being mentioned. I think my memory froze upon hearing Lenny's name. I think the org was Athletes for Change or something like that.
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McCain's veep was a pg and a coach.
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I like athletes being politically aware and voicing their opinons, young people look up to them so much perhaps they will take interest. It may be bad for them marketing wise, but it's better for them to make young people aware.

Im 29 years old, and i can say honestly in my group of friends, maybe 15% of them vote, that's crazy.
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