Leroux, among others, has been extremely vocal when expressing displeasure at the concept of playing on punishing turf. And now, she and those who share her strong — and reasonable — opinion are getting a huge boost of publicity from some pretty big names outside of the world of soccer.
Both Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and Oklahoma City Thunder big gun Kevin Durant took to social media to take up the anti-turf cause, urging people to support the quest of women’s soccer players to get the World Cup played on grass, as it should be.
Posting a photo of Leroux’s gnarly case of turf rash provided all the evidence needed to bolster their case.
Bryant, obviously, is representing for a fellow Body Armor endorser in his post, but his message remains true: Soccer should not be played on turf. Plain and simple.
Durant, meanwhile, has some spare time on his hands now that he has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. squad at the upcoming 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. That doesn’t take away from his proclamation of support, just pointing out that he has less skin in the game — no pun intended — as it relates to any marketing relationship with Leroux, so to speak.