The Political Passions of Kobe Bryant and Other Sports Heroes

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We read a lot about movie stars and musicians who loudly voice their commitment to environmental and political issues – celebs like George Clooney, Edward Norton, Hayden Panettiere, to name just a few, not to mention all the performers at last year’s Live Earth event – but what about that other group of high-powered and handsomely paid celebrities?

Where are the politically-minded athletes?

A recent New York Times article suggests that “the modern athlete’s contractual servitude to corporations” via big money sponsorships might make them reluctant to lend their name to a cause that might adversely affect their endorsements.

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