A handful of the NFL’s largest stars collaborated to ship a message to the league: Acknowledge racism, the oppression of black individuals and the “silencing” of gamers who’ve tried to peacefully protest each.
In a Zoom video posted Thursday on Saints broad receiver Michael Thomas’ Twitter feed, gamers corresponding to Thomas, Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Jamal Adams and Saquon Barkley took turns talking.
The script for the message, condensed to get rid of repetitions:
“It has been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered. What number of instances do we have to ask you to hearken to your gamers?”
“What is going to it take? For one in every of us to be murdered by police brutality? What if I used to be George Floyd?
“I’m George Floyd. I’m Breonna Taylor. I’m Ahmaud Arbery. I’m Eric Garner. I’m Laquan McDonald. I’m Tamir Rice. I’m Trayvon Martin. I’m Walter Scott. I’m Michael Brown Jr. I’m Samuel Dubose. I’m Frank Sensible. I’m Phillip White. I’m Jordan Baker.
“We won’t be silenced. We assert our proper to peacefully protest. It should not take this lengthy to confess.
“So, on behalf of the Nationwide Soccer League, that is what we, the gamers, wish to hear you state:
“‘We, the Nationwide Soccer League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black individuals. We, the Nationwide Soccer League, admit flawed in silencing our gamers from peacefully protesting. We, the Nationwide Soccer League, imagine black lives matter.'”
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The total checklist of gamers who took half, based on The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman: Thomas, Mahomes, Mathieu, Elliott, Beckham, Landry, Watson, Hopkins, Adams, Barkley, Patrick Peterson, Eric Kendricks, Marshon Lattimore, Anthony Barr, Chase Younger, Davante Adams, Stephon Gilmore and Sterling Shepard.
Thomas spent a part of Thursday listening to Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologize to teammates for voicing his opinion that he may “by no means agree” with individuals not standing for the nationwide anthem, with out acknowledging the precise challenge that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was attempting to handle together with his 2016 protest: police brutality in opposition to black individuals.
In his apology, Brees mentioned that his authentic feedback “utterly missed the mark,” and Thomas provided him forgiveness.
“Let’s focus again on the actual points occurring on this planet,” Thomas wrote in a tweet. “And never get distracted.”