David Price Calls Out MLB Players Who Questioned Social Protests and Activism as 'Cowards'

Jordan Cohn
August 27, 2020 - 11:41 am

In discussions regarding whether or not MLB games should be played amid boycotts and social protests taking place throughout sports, one anonymous player provided a reason as to why he wanted to carry on as usual.

"I'm not an activist."

In another clubhouse conversation, according to ESPN's MLB insider Jeff Passan, a player questioned what the boycott would accomplish.

"What's the point of this?"

To Dodgers pitcher David Price, who opted out of the 2020 MLB season, these statement were ones that showed more than a lack of activism.

"You are just a coward."

And of the three quotations above, it seems as though Price's is the sentiment that resonates most with the rest of the athletes throughout the sports world at a time like this, at least in one league. The NBA universe is in an uproar about how little change there has been despite all of the efforts, all of the protests, all of the "overwhelming plea(s) of change" we've seen not only over the last few months, but for centuries.

Price, unsurprisingly, was laudatory of NBA players' efforts.

Price also commended Brewers star Christian Yelich for expressing his thoughts on the protests.

While some MLB games were postponed due to the players' decision-making, including Dodgers-Giants and Mariners-Padres battles, some went on as usual. That wasn't the case for the NBA, as all of Wednesday and Thursday's playoff games were or have been postponed while players and executives join together to discuss the best way to proceed and thrust social justice into a more prominent spotlight.

MLB did express that they respected the decisions of those who voted not to play. However, Passan notes that several players were disappointed with the lack of direct support in the statement.

It is not yet known if any teams will postpone their Thursday night games throughout the league.

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