As more and more athletes across the sporting world speak out against racial injustices in the wake of the death of George Floyd, San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture said his decision to join the conversation and speak up about racism in hockey was an easy one.
â€œOut here in San Jose, the way this organization has been, they encourage us to speak our minds and be ourselves,â€ Couture said Friday during a conversation on Hockey Central. â€œFor me, personally, it was an easy decision.â€
Logan Couture: Sharks have the pieces, just need to put it together
June 05 2020
Last weekend, one day after Sharks forward Evander Kane called upon others to help create change, Couture issued a written statement on Twitter acknowledging racism in the game and thanking Kane and Akim Aliu for sharing their own stories.
My thoughts. Sorry if this offends anyone. All love pic.twitter.com/9BbktIrxqd
â€” Logan Couture (@Logancouture) May 30, 2020
In doing so, Couture is helping drive the conversation about racism in a league whose athletes donâ€™t often use their platforms to speak out on social issues. In the days since, other prominent players have posted statements of their own and are vowing to be part of the solution.
â€œâ€¦When you have ethnicities other than the ones that are being affected step up and say something, that causes a real dialogue,â€ Kane said during an interview on Writers Bloc last Friday. â€œIt can cause real change. And it can cause people to really open up their eyes and come together, and I think thatâ€™s the biggest thing. And we donâ€™t have nearly enough of that, clearly.â€
â€œI think what Evander has done with this movement, and heâ€™s always supported the black community â€¦ I think for us, as players, out here in San Jose we can do a better job of supporting him and helping him out,â€ Couture said. â€œSo thatâ€™s the main reason I made that statement.â€