Athletes Surf Obama Wave
The news of Obama’s election spread like wildfire throughout the world, including the professional sports realm. Many well known sports figures weren’t afraid to share their joy for this momentous event, something Chris Paul did with his shoes. Fans weren’t immune to the Obama wave either.
Suffice to say, even though these professional athletes make more money than Scrooge McDuck and face potentially increased taxes under Obama, that did not stop them from enjoying such a historical moment — everyone except maybe Jared Allen, who voiced concern over potentially higher taxes.
“It’s a sad day for me. I’m a McCain supporter. There is nothing I can do about it now. Our paychecks will be cut in half,” he said. “It is what it is and McCain, I still love you, and Obama, you better do what you promised because the whole country is watching.”
I’m guessing the cost of living in Minnesota is high? Linebacker Scott Fujita offered a different perspective about higher tax dollars:
“We heard so much about how he’s going to be taxing everybody who makes over $250,000. That’s everybody in our business. So everyone’s going to be affected by that,” he said. “And my argument to them was maybe there’s a chance our tax dollars are going to be spent a little more wisely than they have in the past.”
Tax worries aside, a lot of prominent athletes are ecstatic about the election results and we’ve collected a few of the videos of these reactions, including ESPN’s compilation. The WWL spoke to a number of prominent athletes and coaches, and to a man, the reaction was incredibly positive, starting with Donovan McNabb:
LeBron, who had a brilliant game last night, took some time after work to share his thoughts on Obama’s election:
The Bay Area wasn’t immune to Obama-mania either:
There’s a lot of “Kumbaya” going on in professional athletics right now, and it’s completely understandable. Significant social change creates a broad base of reactions, not all of it supportive — but if we are going to move forward as a society, steps like this are necessary. It’s not often people in the “modern era” get to experience a Jackie Robinson moment.
The fact Obama’s election resonated so much in the sports world indicates as much.