NFL players release videos inviting the league to condemn racism and support black players

NFL players release videos inviting the league to condemn racism and support black players

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been added in the video, released Thursday evening, from other football stars including Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Mahomes, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyrann Mathieu, Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley.

In the video, they asked the NFL to release a statement condemning racism and police brutality after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

“How many times do we have to ask you to listen to your players?” Tyrann Mathieu asked.

“What will it take?” DeAndrea Hopkins intervened.

“For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?” Jarvis Landry asked.

Swearing that they will not be silenced, the players have listed suggestions on what the NFL can say.

“So, on behalf of the National Football League, this is what players would like to hear you say,” they said in unison. “We, the National Football League, condemn racism and systemic oppression of blacks. We, the National Football League, admit that we are wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We, the National Football League, believe that the black life is important. “

The NFL stars have mostly been united in calling for justice for Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after asking for help while a white police officer knelt on his neck while stopping him on the ground.

Racism was a persistent accusation in the NFL, particularly after ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started to kneel before the games as the national anthem played to protest police brutality.

No team has offered Kaepernick a contract since 2017, which many attribute to his protests. Kaepernick accused the owners of the NFL team of colluding to prevent him from being signed. The NFL denied any collusion but in 2019 they reached an agreement with Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid, who had knelt with him.

Protests against Floyd’s killing continued in all cities of the United States, with the participation of many sports stars.

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Thomas criticized Saints quarterback Drew Brees this week for saying that “he would never agree with anyone who doesn’t respect the flag,” a reference to Kaepernick’s protest movement against the national anthem.

The breeds later apologized for “insensitive” comments.
Authorities arrested Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who blocked Floyd on the ground by the neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds before he died. Prosecutors accused him of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. This week, he was also charged with a second-degree murder count.

Three other former officers who were on the scene are also under arrest and accused of helping and promoting second-degree murder and of helping and promoting second-degree murder.

Leah Asmelash contributed to this story.

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