When Bradley Beal heard that President Barack Obama was having a town meeting at the Capitol, he wanted to be there. So as ESPN’s Undefeated explained, No. 3 boarded a plane from where he was in Las Vegas, and went.

“Me being here today, I just wanted to be able to take a stand and show them that we want to do something serious,” Beal said. “I think it’s very important for us to take a stand because we’re viewed as role models, people look up to us and we have a voice. Whether we realize it or not, whether we accept it or not, we have to be able to be comfortable with our own mind and spirit to be able to speak up and do something.”

Brad at a White House event in 2015.

Brad’s desire to be an activist isn’t something new for him. He doesn’t believe that the trend of athletes starting to stand up for what they believe in will go away, either.

“When we voice our opinions, we lose fans because they may not like what we say or they may not agree with what we say, so some athletes kind of hold their [tongues]. At the end of the day, it’s not about what other people may think of you. It’s not about their opinions … it’s a matter of what you stand up for, and you have to stand up for what’s right.”