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DEBATE: Does Political Protest Have a Place in Sport?

  • Room 406, Kimmel Center for University Life (map)

In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem because he refused to "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour." Last week, President Trump brought attention to NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem, arguing that they should be fired for their "disrespect." Does political protest have a place in sport? Or does it poison it? Where does the realm of politics end when it comes to sports? Where does it begin? Join us as we consider these questions. 

Our guest debater is Dave Hollander, an author and columnist who has focused on both sports and social issues. The Huffington Post's first sports columnist, he has interviewed noteworthy athletes such as LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather. Hollander has contributed to publications such as Sports Illustrated, AOL Sports, Slate, and New York Press. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's School of Professional Studies, where he teaches sports management and public relations.