Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun knows athletes have a wide-ranging platform, and he hopes a recent public controversy will encourage positive discussion in a public forum.
Eagles wide receiver Desean Jackson recently made an anti-Semitic social media post, but Braun, who grew up half-Jewish and half-Christian, hopes that public misstep can lead to great understanding for many people, not just Jackson.
"Being in the public eye, it's so important we educate ourselves and positively impact people's lives," Braun said in an episode of "The RUSH with Jared Quay!" on yahoo.com. "With everything happening this year it's truly a unique period in history, it's an opportunity for all of us to have more love, compassion, and empathy for each other and educate ourselves to have difficult and challenging conversations."
Braun also repeated his thoughts that a shortened 60-game season does increase the chances he could play in the 2021 season. The longtime Brewers outfielder also talked about his newborn son, born May 31.
"Kind of a crazy time to bring a human into the world," Braun joked. "One of the blessings of the quarantine is that I got to spend time with him for the first month of his life instead of travelling for baseball, so I'm incredibly grateful for that experience."