Odell Beckham Jr., Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jarvis Landry, Saquon Barkley, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas. Those are just some of the players featured in a video put out by the players telling the NFL how they should address racism and inequality.
Via USA Today:
When National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell made the league's official statement last week, it was just a matter of time before players in the league gave a response.
Some of the NFL's most prominent names spoke out Thursday night, telling the league how they should address racism and inequality with a powerful video.
"It's been 10 days since George Floyd was brutality murdered? How many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players? What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?" the video began.
The players then rhetorically asked: "What if I was George Floyd?"
Followed by, "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 Smart. I am Phillip White. I am Jordan Baker," names of lives ended unjustly, many at the hands of police.
"We will not be silenced. We assert our right to peacefully protest. It shouldn't take this long to admit."
The video is being shared on the players' personal social media accounts.