Athletes and sports figures showed solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and other marches that took place across the country on Saturday, illustrating the intersectionality of the sports community.
As one of the Detroit Lions’ most vocal players when it comes to social causes, linebacker DeAndre Levy traveled to Washington, DC, for the march. He held up a sign that said, “Dissent is patriotic.”
Levy has been an outspoken activist for gender-equity issues, garnering support and backlash when he helped raise money to test more than 11,000 unopened rape kits in the city. He’s been active in raising awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, writing that they “aren’t just women’s issues. They’re #OurIssue.”
Levy wasn’t the only athlete who came out in support of the marches, which were intended to show solidarity “for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families” and send the message “that women’s rights are human rights.”
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has spent most of the season participating in a protest of oppression by kneeling during the anthem, joined in the spirit, too.
Kaepernick shared a photo of young women holding up signs at one of the marches, saying in the caption, “It’s beautiful to see powerful young women fighting systemic oppression! They are our future!”
HUGE S/O #womensmarch
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 21, 2017
LeBron James, who took the stage at the 2016 ESPYs to call for change and peace and who was vocal in his support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, tweeted out his support by giving a shoutout the the march.
Olympic track and field champ Allyson Felix showed her support on social media with an Instagram post, saying, “The future is female.”
The highly-respected San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke out forcefully against President Donald Trump and in favor of the marches before Saturday’s game. Popvich, who is a United States Air Force veteran and who coaches in a state that went red in the 2016 election, didn’t hold back his feelings about why the march is important in light of the new president.
“It’s hard to be respectful of someone when we all have kids, and we’re watching him be misogynistic and xenophobic and racist and make fun of handicapped people,” Popovich said. “But I felt great today watching the march, in protest to how he has conducted himself, because it tells me I really do live in a country where a lot of people care.”
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) January 21, 2017
Holly Robinson Peete, wife of former NFL player Rodney Peete, tweeted that “[d]emocracy and justice are worth fighting for,” which retired NBA star Magic Johnson’s wife Cookie Johnson retweeted, along with several other tweets and articles about the marches.