Speaking Out In Sport Then & Now


Steve Prefontaine embodied the agent of change for the athlete in sport. His cause was fair pay for athletes and was a leader in helping establish an amateur athletics union. It is never easy to speak out against the powers that be. Although political causes have grabbed the public eye fairness and treatment amongst athletes and towards athletes has started to pick up a momentum with exposure in the last few years. Whether it be inclusion or exclusion and because of race or gender, calling out athletes that are robbing that are robbing fair play athletes of their dreams the first one to speak out is always going out on a limb, The latest look at the worms underneath  rocks is sexual misconduct in a position of authority and Aly Raisman as eloquently told her own story. As long as not upsetting the apple cart when there is blatant deviant and malicious behavior is the norm it is difficult to become the first to speak out.