Saturday’s nation-wide Women’s March may have turned out to be this country’s largest nation-wide movement ever, and a number of prominent athletes across the country joined in the cause.
DeAndre Levy and Johnson Bademosi of the Detroit Lions each posted photos from the main protest in Washington D.C. held a day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Levy has been among the most vocal athlete-supporters of women’s related issues. This from the Detroit Free Press:
Levy has spoken out on a number of women’s-related issues in recent months. He helped raise money to test abandoned rape kits in the City of Detroit this fall and wrote a weekly Sunday column for the Free Press in which he touched on several causes important to him.
Though Levy experienced some backlash from fans angry about his activism while he recovered from various injuries that limited him to six games over the past two seasons, the 29-year-old linebacker told the Free Press in October that his downtime from football gave him new perspective on the world and the platform he had as a player.
“As a football player — as an athlete — just saying anything, I can be in the headlines just for saying anything, literally,” Levy said. “I can not practice and be in the headlines for four weeks, and so it’s like if people want to put this attention on me let’s use this for good and that was something I neglected early on in my career.
“I kind of neglected my responsibility you inherit once you’re kind of a public figure and people are kind of buying into you and following you and listening to you. Let’s give them a message of something that’s important to you, something that can potentially change someone’s life.”
A range of athletes, including Lebron James, chimed in online.
HUGE S/O #womensmarch
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 21, 2017
this #womensmarch is a beautiful thing.
— Feeno (@ArianFoster) January 21, 2017
— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) January 21, 2017
The #WomensMarches happening everywhere are pretty amazing.
— IamTrevorMay (@trevmay65) January 21, 2017
Special shoutout to the men out there repping girl power today as well. Smart men know tht empowering women empowers all of us! Mad respect😎
— Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) January 21, 2017