Post by Alan Baker
Name a protest that is effective that also make no one at all
They don't make EVERYBODY uncomfortable.
I recall the Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Some members of the Zimbabwean team wore black arm bands. This is not unusual in cricket, these bands are worn when a famous old player or somebody significant to the team dies, and so usually a statement is issued to explain. But in this case not all the players wore the bands. And the statement said it was a protest against the "death of human rights" in Zimbabwe and the the bands would be worn in all matches.
For South Africans, this was not very confronting and so, in the host country, there was no mass condemnation on the grounds that politics was being bought into sport.
More recently, South African cricketers have not used cricket matches for protest or for addressing much of anything*, but if they did, then reactions would likely vary depending on the cause.
*In the early 70s there was a planned walk off by players at a high profile match, a statement, that the players had all agreed on beforehand, was read, calling for ability to be the sole criteria for selection to the national team.