NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams is one of a number of athletes who have responded to the ongoing protests.
Following the death of George Floyd, protests calling for racial justice have been occurring regularly throughout the country for weeks.
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Similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, the protests have become an all-consuming news story. Whether you’re tuning into traditional news sources, social media, or even ESPN, it is simply impossible to ignore them.
As much as some fans prefer sports and entertainment to be separate from the news and problems of the world, it is clear that that divide cannot be maintained here.
In one way or another, some of the most prominent voices in the NFL have publicly shared their thoughts on the protests.
We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/ENWQP8A0sv
— NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020
Last week, the NFL released an official statement narrated by commissioner Roger Goodell.
The statement says, in part:
“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systemic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe black lives matter.”
The NY Jets made sure to area their thoughts on the situation as well.
The NY Jets organization also offered a response to the protests for racial justice. The complete statement can be found here.
Their statement reads, in part:
“We have seen the many protests around the country, in our own cities and neighborhoods which represent an expression of the passion, anguish, and real-life impact of the social and racial injustices that continue to exist in our society. After years of so many tragedies which brought us to this point, we need to also focus on the powerful images of protesters and law enforcement working together in efforts to connect. America is a place where meaningful change can be achieved if we all work together to address the root causes and remedies for these problems.”
The death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests have also had a profound impact on players throughout the league.
Several star players, including Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Tyrann Mathieu, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, and the Jets very own Jamal Adams, released a video condemning systemic racism in America.
NFL stars came together to release this video, which asks the league to:
◼️ condemn racism and systematic oppression◼️ admit fault in silencing players from peacefully protesting◼️ state its belief that Black lives matter
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 5, 2020
Adams has also been discussing the protests and systemic racism frequently on his social media.
Recently, he took things one step further, even publicly sharing a video of himself marching at a protest in Dallas.
Regardless of one’s personal feelings on the protests or the issues they are focused on, it is clear that the debate is not going away anytime soon.