Bronson Koenig (left) and Nigel Hayes are among college players not afraid to speak out about their beliefs.
Bronson Koenig (left) and Nigel Hayes are among college players not afraid to speak out about their beliefs. (Photo: Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball Facebook)

NY Times takes deep look at politics inside Badgers hoops locker room

The New York Times recently sent a reporter and photographer to Madison to talk with three members of Wisconsin's nationally ranked basketball team.

The three, Nigel Hayes, Jordan Hill and Bronson Koenig, all have crucial roles with the team and are also leading a fight for more athletes to get involved in social issues. Hayes was the preseason pick for Big Ten Player of the Year, Koenig is the playmaking guard and Hill is a redshirt-junior contributor off the bench.

All three are articulate and very frank in explaining what they do, how they feel, what they want and how it has an impact on others.

Hayes noted the fact that he was in Madison, a city known for its liberal attitudes, makes it easier for an athlete to take a stand and speak out. He's advocating for college players to be paid and, along with Hill, has taken public stances on racial issues and events. Koenig, who is Native American, recently traveled to support protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline. 

You can read the Times article here.

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