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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Athletes speak out against Charlottesville rally

LeBron James

The rally in Charlottesville by many white nationalists carrying tiki torches and Nazi paraphernalia over the weekend has been the biggest topic of conversation nationally since Friday night. One person died and many others have been injured during the rally. A state of emergency was declared in Virginia, and many are speaking out against what’s happening. That even includes many figures in sports.

LeBron James sent a few tweets on Saturday expressing his disappointment with President Donald Trump’s leadership in light of the rally:

NBA player Enes Kanter, who is from Turkey and whose family has dealt with government corruption, sent these tweets about those not protesting the Nazi symbols from the rally:

NBA player Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American, said the affairs were making him “sick.”

Eagles DL Chris Long, who grew up in Virginia and went to college at the University of Virginia, offered this:

Ravens safety Eric Weddle:

The Detroit Red Wings sent a statement condemning the rally, especially after learning that their logo was being used in association with the white nationalists.

The most moving words of all came from Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle, who attended the University of Virginia — the site of the rally. He sent multiple tweets, including these:

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