Since the potty provision's inception, however, tennis players have been exploiting the pee-break rule for strategic advantage, proving there is no level elite athletes will not stoop, or squat, to in order to gain the slightest advantage. In the 2010 Australian Open, after losing the first set of his quarterfinal match, Federer killed time in the can while allowing the blinding sun to dip below the stands. In 2012, Andy Murray won the first two sets of his . Open finals match, but when the next two slipped away, he sheepishly signaled to the umpire and tiptoed off the court, disappearing into a one-toilet restroom under Arthur Ashe Stadium. As the crowd and Novak Djokovic waited, Murray later told The New York Times , he stood alone in front of the mirror screaming at his reflection, "You are not going to let this one slip." He was speaking of the match (one presumes), which he battled back to win after one of the most fortuitous pee breaks in sports history.
Kaepernick's isolation welcomed a sense of martyrdom that spurred the collective movement we currently see taking place. And that’s something I didn’t see coming when we first started the group chat so many months ago. Since then, I've been a part of a larger group chat, society or social media, and have exercised a strong sense of voyeurism. I take on that role because I don't feel social media induces any conversation that is beyond headline, box score or skin deep. We're willing to have an hour-long, in-depth conversation on elite quarterbacks but can't seem to get past sociopolitical shouting matches. And those who do are blacklisted for the willingness to psychoanalyze our country.
Allen has a point that owners can not dictate the types of politics that players may participate in … but it is also true that the owners and the league are the ones providing the large stage for the players to make their protest. The owners do have some say over how that stage is used.
in the end I support the players and their right to kneel. I agree that it is a very respectful way to protest the racism of the USA. But I would also support the owners changing the pregame schedule to remove the forum for the players to make their opinions known.