Evander Kane made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Friday with a pointed message urging other athletes, particularly non-black athletes, to speak up about racism and lend their support.
Kane’s message has been heard, and many athletes are taking to social media to offer their thoughts on addressing social injustice.
That includes Kane's San Jose Sharks teammate Logan Couture, who followed up after Kane’s remarks to put his own weight behind anti-racism.
“As a society and as hockey players we are only scraping the surface in fixing what desperately needs fixing,” writes Couture. “Thanks to Akim [Aliu] and Evander for speaking so loudly about this issue.”
This is why it matters for athletes to speak up: To rally others to the cause, and continue building a movement that can dismantle racism.