Keith makes a great point by stitching the actions of "sports figures" to the politics of their contemporary circumstance. He says you don't get to separate sports-world events from the political environment in which those sports-world events occur.
Here's my fer-instance: If racial segregation wasn't political; if figuring out ways to force the realization of the need for change wasn't political, then how is it that Bear Bryant waited for exactly the right time to invite USC and Sam Cunningham to come to Tuscaloosa and kick Bama's all-white SEC ass on national TV?
Ya gotta be a little careful about drawing parallels between (eg) racism and LGBT discrimination, but when we're talking about equal rights, we're supposed to be talking about everybody being afforded the same rights as everybody else.
Equal. Fucking. Rights.
Go Keith go. Pretty smart guy.