The synergy between prominent athletes and social justice movements has always been a highly controversial subject. Common arguments surround whether or not athletes hold the proper credentials to discuss these matters. People question their motivations, acting as if they are one dimensional figures. WHY IS THIS THE NARRATIVE? As athletes continue to thrive in this era of ubiquitous media, their influence will continue to grow. Why are some of society’s most idolized people barred from using their influence for positive social change? THE DEBATE OVER THE LEGITIMACY OF ATHLETES’ VOICES MUST END.