Tennis: Osaka speaks out for athletes' right to protest injustice

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, writing in The New York Times on Monday, urged athletes to use their platforms to speak out on social issues and defy those telling them to stick to sports. En route to her second U.S. Open championship this summer, Osaka wore protective masks bearing the names of black victims of police brutality whose names have become rallying points for protests in the United States and around the world. Osaka wrote that athletes who spoke out against injustice in the past have routinely been criticized. She cited the inspirational stance of pro basketball superstar LeBron…

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