Doug Glanville on protests and athletes using their power
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Four years after quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem, and three months after the killing of George Floyd, sports are at the forefront of the national conversation about racism and police brutality, and athletes at all levels are using their voices to try and affect change. 

But even after decades of activism in sports, many athletes are told to “stick to the game,” and stay out of politics. Doug Glanville, knows that’s not possible. And he thinks sports - at their best - can provide a kind of blueprint for what better politics might look like.

Glanville is a former Major League Baseball player, and has been an analyst for a variety of networks and publications. He’s the author of a book, “The Game From Where I Stand” and teaches at UConn. He’s also a member of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council, and has been active in police reform efforts in the state after a widely-publicized incident where he was racially profiled in his own driveway.

He joined John this week for a special live Zoom event for the Connecticut Mirror called “Race, Politics and Sports.”

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