Greg Oden Endorses Barack Obama

Greg Oden*It’s been a while, but that’s what marriage, work and graduate school will do to a brother.

You may think it’s insignificant that Mr. Greg “Still Think A Big Man Can’t Sell?” Oden recently endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, but it’s always a big deal when young people become active in the political process. Check the knowledge from Mr. Oden:

He is a very nice man and I am a big fan. I got the chance to go to his website ( and read up on some of his beliefs and there are things he is doing that I really support like his plan with education, civil rights, and health care. That’s why Senator Obama is getting my vote.

Sure, Oden is a basketball player who hasn’t played a minute of NBA basketball. But in the political arena, he’s already done more than Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have over the course of their illustrious athletic careers. Could we possibly be seeing a renaissance of the politically outspoken black athlete? Will Oden’s stance influence others to make their beliefs a matter of public record, even at the peril of losing endorsements?

4 Comments to ‘Greg Oden Endorses Barack Obama’:

  1. Pierce on 28 Feb 2008 at 6:22 pm: 1

    I sure hope so. Some of our most powerful and charismatic leaders – Muhammed Ali, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul Jabar – were athletes. They are such an important part of our culture, it’s a shame they’re forced into silence by the corporations that endorse them.

    Imagine a league full of politically conscious and active, RICH black men and women. exciting

  2. Pierce on 28 Feb 2008 at 6:23 pm: 2

    AND he’s like 19-20!? that’s what’s up young brother!

  3. Z on 28 Feb 2008 at 8:34 pm: 3

    I agree with you Pierce. Unfortunately, I would say that the majority of the athletes of our generation(black and white) are too self absorbed/uneducated to realize the influence they may have in the political process. I commend Greg Oden, not only for his endorsement of Barack(who I support), but also for being a pro athlete with an inkling of a social conscious.

  4. martin on 6 Mar 2008 at 1:21 pm: 4

    What a thing it would be to see a renaissance of the politcally conscious black athlete. We can all think back to Mr. Ali’s eloquent political indictments. He was a joy inside and out of the ring. Oden certainly has a presence about him (besides his height). Hopefully, when his career begins to blossom, he will become increasingly outspoken.

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Published on February 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm. 4 Comments.
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