The issue of police brutality has been a divisive one in our country, to say the least. One of the groups most encouraged to stay out of such politically charged arenas of debate are athletes.
However, many NFL players have done just the opposite, using their platform and exposure to voice their opinions on the death of Alton Sterling, a Louisiana man shot and killed while being restrained by two police officers.
Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, juxtaposed the recent onslaught of police murders to a modern-day form of lynching,
This is what lynchings look like in 2016! Another murder in the streets because the color of a… https://t.co/hwdW53AeXg
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 6, 2016
Jaelen Strong, entering his sophomore season as a wide receiver for the Houston Texans, voiced his own opinion.
Closest to the situation out of all those voicing their concerns on social media might be Tyrann Mathieu, who enjoyed a productive college career at Lousiana State University, in Baton Rouge, the site of Sterling’s death, before being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals and becoming one of the NFL’s premier safeties.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 6, 2016