When politics and sports collide

When politics and sports collide
When politics and sports collide

When politics and sports collide

Yesterday, the St. Louis Rams beat the Oakland Raiders at the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis. Before the game, a number of Rams’ players made gestures when they were announced. The players struck the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose in solidarity with the protesters of the Ferguson police shooting. That didn’t sit well with the St. Louis Police Officers Association. They issued issued a statement saying it was “profoundly disappointed” and wanted a “very public apology” from the NFL. Locally, superstar Derrick Rose has been criticized for not being vocal in denouncing Chicago’s violence.The players say they just wanted to show support for the Ferguson community. Dave Zirin is a columnist for the Nation and he’s also the author of “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.” He joins us on the line to talk about whether professional athletes should be political or dive into the social issues of their communities. Photo Courtesy of Flickr/ ERIK DANIEL DROST