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An article on socialist football (soccer) players, their presence, absence, impossibility, etc etc etc.

Over here, it’s tough to think of many good and recent examples. Certainly not “socialists,” as there are no socialists, let alone socialist athletes, here. But John Amaechi, I think, has been saying some fairly lefty stuff, in addition to being gay. Carlos Delgado… Well his case is somewhat complicated and sad. Here’s wikipedia:

Like his hero, Roberto Clemente, Delgado is a well-known humanitarian and peace activist and has been open about his political beliefs. As part of the Navy-Vieques protests, Delgado was actively opposed to the use of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico as a bombing target practice facility by the United States Department of Defense, until bombing was halted in 2003. He is also against the occupation of Iraq. In the 2004 season, Delgado protested the war by silently staying in the dugout during the playing of God Bless America during the Seventh inning stretch. Delgado does not make a public show of his beliefs and even his teammates were not aware of his views until a story was published in July 2004 in the Toronto Star. Delgado was quoted as saying “It’s a very terrible thing that happened on September 11. It’s (also) a terrible thing that happened in Afghanistan and Iraq, … I just feel so sad for the families that lost relatives and loved ones in the war. But I think it’s the stupidest war ever.” The story was the subject of a media frenzy, mostly in New York, where on July 21, 2004, as was anticipated, Delgado was booed for his passive protest during a game at Yankee Stadium [3]. Angry New York fans booed him and, when Delgado lined out in the bottom 7th inning, fans chanted “USA, USA” even though Delgado, like all Puerto Ricans, is an American citizen. Delgado had explained that the playing of God Bless America had come to be equated with a war in which he didn’t believe. In a New York Times interview, Delgado said this is what he believed in, and “It takes a man to stand up for what he believes.”

After being traded to the Mets, Delgado backed down from his previous stance and stood for “God Bless America.”

I had high hopes, when I first heard that he was coming to New York, too…

Written by adswithoutproducts

April 27, 2007 at 2:21 am

Posted in america, socialism

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  1. Jon

    April 27, 2007 at 6:53 am

  2. Great links, Jon… Didn’t know about either of those…

    CR

    April 27, 2007 at 8:42 am


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