President Joe Biden sat down with ESPN on Wednesday for a pre-taped interview with host Sage Steele.
The interview aired at 11:00 p.m. ET and touched on a number of topics including the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the sports world.
While some states and teams are beginning to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas, Biden reminded everyone that safety should still be a priority as we inch closer to returning to our normal lives.
“People have to be responsible. They have to continue to wear a mask when they’re around someone,” Biden said, as transcribed by The Spun. “You have to wash your hands and keep social distancing and so, it’s going to be a little while. You have a patriotic duty to protect the people around you.”
Biden also applauded athletes for using their platforms to fight for social issues and promote positive campaigns, including recent calls to boycott events in Georgia over the state’s new voter laws.
“People look to them,” Biden said. “They’re leaders. Look at what happened with the NBA, as well. Look what’s happened across the board. The very people who were victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it’s just not right.
“This is Jim Crow on steroids what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states. What’s it all about? Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote. Can’t do that? Come on. Or you’re going to close the polling place at 5 o’clock when people just get off? This is all about keeping working folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.”
You can watch the full interview in the video above.