Shannon Sharpe agrees with Rockets’ Austin Rivers

Former NFL player Shannon Sharpe (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
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Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets, Austin Rivers of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

Why there aren’t any wrong sides

The truth in all of this is that there aren’t any wrong sides. Those who aren’t in favor are entitled to sitting out, and they’ve got a valid perspective. Will the light continue to shine upon the social issues that have continued to worsen day-by-day when there’s a “distraction” to shift attention away from them?

It’s a legitimate concern. The flip side consists of those who believe the answer to that question is yes. Those people believe the players and the NBA can use their platform to highlight those social issues, which is the school of thought LeBron James and Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers has, and Shannon Sharpe also.

The sad thing is that Rivers and Irving can’t express their opinions on such an important issue without facing criticism from those who are in disagreement. They certainly have the right to state how they feel, and those who feel the cause is worth sacrificing their basketball career over should be commended, because they wouldn’t be voluntarily giving up their salary, which is the definition of putting your money where your mouth is and fighting for a worthy cause.

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This particular debate won’t be ensued much longer, as the NBA has issued June 24th as the date in which the players must express their intentions. We’ll have to see what happens, but no matter what each player decides, they certainly have that freedom and authority and shouldn’t be slandered.