Crosby: Athletes are important in fight against racism
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Sidney Crosby offered his thoughts Friday on the ongoing fight against systemic racism.

"We're role models, first and foremost. I think we understand that. We understand what's going on in the world," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain said Friday. "We're important when it comes to being part of change. I just think there are important conversations that you have to have. I know, personally, I've had some of those."

Crosby's comments come one day after Evander Kane called out the NHL for its lack of support of its Black players.

Teams and players have stood in solidarity before games in support of Black Lives Matter since the NHL returned to the ice earlier this week for exhibition contests.

Crosby said he spent the last few months better educating himself and learning about the issues the Black community faces, and he'll continue to try to help encourage diversity in hockey.

"But I still need to continue to (have those conversations). Just educate ourselves," Crosby said. "Whether it's where we play or in our communities, how we can make a difference."

Crosby: Athletes are important in fight against racism
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