Morning sports update: Bill Russell criticized President Trump’s opposition to voting by mail

"I don't want to risk my life to vote!"

Celtics legend Bill Russell.
Celtics legend Bill Russell. Dave Harding

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Bill Russell advocated for mail-in voting: Legendary Celtics center Bill Russell has never been shy about expressing his opinions on politics and social justice.

Now 86, Russell remains an active participant in topical political discussion. In a recent tweet, he criticized President Donald Trump’s opposition to proposals for increased usage of vote-by-mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

In his tweet, Russell closed by stating, “I don’t want to risk my life to vote!”

Russell lives in Washington state, which offers complete vote by mail coverage. The state switched from in-person voting in 2011 (though in-person voting options are still offered).

In a recent New York Times interview, Washington’s Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman was asked why voting by mail isn’t any more susceptible to fraud than in-person voting.

“My response has always been that actually vote-by-mail has a lot of security measures you can build into it,” said Wyman. “And we have done that here in Washington.”

Russell has opposed Trump on a number of occasions since the 2016 election. In 2017, he “took a knee” while wearing his Presidential Medal of Freedom (awarded by President Barack Obama) in response to Trump’s criticism of NFL player protests to raise awareness for social justice.


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