Carmelo Anthony thinks athletes don’t have the stones that Ali did to make changes in sports.
After an exhibition game in Philly, the media asked Melo a few questions about the lockout and why things weren’t getting done. Here’s what he had to say:
Michael Tillery: Carmelo I don’t know if anyone asked you this but the fans are wondering why there isn’t such of a…NBA presence…NBA players coming out and speaking on this issue (NBA lockout) publicly like in the NFL…like in other situations.
Carmelo Anthony: “We’re not allowed. We’re not allowed. I mean everybody has their own opinion…you hear people talk here and there…but nobody don’t really come out and say what they really want to say. That’s just the society we live in.
Athletes today are scared to make Muhammad Ali type statements.“
What does Carmelo mean by “we’re not allowed”? Who’s stopping them? Is Carmelo right? Do you think athletes are punks in the modern era as opposed to the way Muhammad Ali stuck his neck out for Vietnam? Maybe these guys should just man up and make changes!