In recent months, we have seen in increase in athletes at the college and professional level using their platforms to protest or to make a political statement. On Friday night, the Marist men’s basketball team joined in.
While the Red Foxes were blown out of the water against the Duke Blue Devils in in Durham, North Carolina, they made a statement that generated some attention.
Throughout the game, fans and media members noticed Marist players sporting rainbow socks.
After the game, Red Foxes head coach Mike Maker was asked whether the decision to wear rainbow socks was a statement regarding the controversial HB2 law in North Carolina which led to the ACC pulling championship games from the state and other events being pulled.
HB2 — or The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act — states “that in government buildings, individuals may only use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.”
Many believe this law is discriminatory against the LGBTQ community.
It’s always great to see players coming together to show solidarity for those who may sometimes feel alone. Kudos to Marist for coming together and making a strong stand.
More photos from th egame can be seen below.
Marist returns to action on Monday, Nov. 4 against Rhode Island.
Photo Credit: Twitter/@MaristMMB