Can Religion and Sports Live in Peace?

GackSports.comContributor IIOctober 12, 2010

DENVER - AUGUST 29: Players from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos including quarterback Tim Tebow #15 kneel in prayer at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The year was 2001.

At the time, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the midst of a fierce battle for first place in the National League West. Led by slugging outfielder Shawn Green, the Dodgers were poised to make a run at a playoff berth heading into the final week of the season.

Then on August 26, Green, who was leading the club in almost every statistical category, decided to sit out the Dodger’s game against the Giants. Why? Green wanted to respect the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

“It’s something I feel is an important thing to do,” Green told ESPN. “To basically say that baseball, or anything, isn’t bigger than your religion and your roots.”

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