NFL players continue to take a stance against police brutality in their communities. This past Tuesday five NFL players traveled to Washington, D.C in efforts to advocate for police accountability and justice for victims of brutality.
The trip was organized by Detroit Lions’ own Anquan Boldin, the NFL’s 2015 recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The issue of police brutality is near and dear to Boldin’s heart because he has been directly affected by it; Boldin’s cousin was shot and killed by a plainclothes cop on a highway in South Florida in 2015.
According to ESPN, Boldin brought along teammate Glover Quin, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, as well as Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. The group met with a number of members of congress, including the Congressional Black Caucus and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
“You want to make sure they understand the things that we, as an African-American community, are going through. I don’t think our community feels that way right now, especially when it comes to law enforcement and the way we’re being policed. Our neighborhoods are feeling hurt…you want to see changes in policy, in terms of how we train our police officers. And lastly, you want to see accountability – that justice will be served for all – to make sure that the relationship between the African-American community and police can be better. There’s work to be done on both sides because there’s a huge mistrust there. I want to help close that gap.” – Anquan Boldin
Big ups to these athletes for taking action on moving their community forward and continuing to take a stance on police brutality!