A handful of the NFL’s largest stars collaborated to send a message to the league: Accept racism, the oppression of black folks and the “silencing” of gamers who’ve tried out to peacefully protest each.
In a Zoom movie posted Thursday on Saints extensive receiver Michael Thomas’ Twitter feed, gamers these as Thomas, Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Jamal Adams and Saquon Barkley took turns speaking.
The script for the information, condensed to remove repetitions:
“It really is been ten times because George Floyd was brutally murdered. How lots of periods do we need to have to talk to you to pay attention to your gamers?”
“What will it consider? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality? What if I was George Floyd?
“I am George Floyd. I am Breonna Taylor. I am Ahmaud Arbery. I am Eric Garner. I am Laquan McDonald. I am Tamir Rice. I am Trayvon Martin. I am Walter Scott. I am Michael Brown Jr. I am Samuel Dubose. I am Frank Good. I am Phillip White. I am Jordan Baker.
“We will not be silenced. We assert our correct to peacefully protest. It should not consider this long to acknowledge.
“So, on behalf of the Countrywide Soccer League, this is what we, the gamers, would like to listen to you condition:
“‘We, the Countrywide Soccer League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black folks. We, the Countrywide Soccer League, acknowledge wrong in silencing our gamers from peacefully protesting. We, the Countrywide Soccer League, feel black life issue.'”
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The full list of gamers who took part, in accordance to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman: Thomas, Mahomes, Mathieu, Elliott, Beckham, Landry, Watson, Hopkins, Adams, Barkley, Patrick Peterson, Eric Kendricks, Marshon Lattimore, Anthony Barr, Chase Youthful, Davante Adams, Stephon Gilmore and Sterling Shepard.
Thomas expended part of Thursday listening to Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologize to teammates for voicing his impression that he could “under no circumstances agree” with folks not standing for the countrywide anthem, with no acknowledging the actual difficulty that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was attempting to tackle with his 2016 protest: police brutality from black folks.
In his apology, Brees stated that his authentic remarks “entirely missed the mark,” and Thomas available him forgiveness.
“Let us focus again on the genuine troubles likely on in the planet,” Thomas wrote in a tweet. “And not get distracted.”