Jesse Jackson calls on football, basketball recruits to boycott UK, Louisville
Wednesday’s news out of Louisville regarding the Breonna Taylor case has led to some strong reactions from the sports community. Now, a high-profile social and political activist is calling on Kentucky-connected professional athletes to participate in a Bluegrass State boycott.
Thursday, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. called on professional athletes to discourage top basketball and football recruits from going to Kentucky schools, including UK, via his Twitter account.
“The players in the WNBA, NFL and NBA must discourage high profile athletes, basketball and football players, from going to the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville,” Jackson wrote. “We must make economic life in KY inconvenient. This tactic has always worked for oppressed people.”
While Jackson’s idea would have a noticeable impact on the state, it’s hard to imagine Kentucky-connected athletes advocating against recruits playing for John Calipari and Mark Stoops.