NFL Players Want Month Dedicated To Activism

Ruben Hill
September 21, 2017

According to Yahoo, "the memo was divided into three major parts: an overview of current player activism; a call for specific efforts and resources from the NFL to aid that activism; and a request for a league-wide initiative dedicating the month of November to activism awareness".

The NBA's response to player activism came in stark contrast to the NFL's handling of similar issues, as players have launched numerous protests and spoken out against social and racial inequality, only to find themselves seemingly on an island rather than garnering support from the league.

The memo was endorsed by Seahawks defensive Michael Bennett, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, recently-retired receiver Anquan Boldin and Eagles receiver Torrey Smith.

The August memo said the social activism awareness month should be handled like other awareness months the league endorses, such as attention to breast cancer and the military, the outlet said.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy cited Goodell's support for players who take a social stance and added in an email to The Post that Goodell had met with Jenkins, Smith, Rodney McLeod, Chris Long, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Philadelphia police representatives to discuss criminal justice reform.

"To be clear, we are asking for your support". For us, support means: bear all or part of the weight of; hold up; give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.

So far Goodell and his office have yet to respond to the memo, but it will be fascinating to see how the National Football League deals with this request to join the players in their fight for social equality.

"We need support, collaboration and partnerships to achieve our goal of strengthening the community. In your words, from Protest to Progress, we need action". "This would include a prison tour, meetings with grass-roots organizations, policy makers/non-profit leaders, police, families in the community and formerly incarcerated individuals".

To recap our discussion, now there are more than 40 active players who have participated in our "Players Coalition" to work on criminal justice reform on various levels (some more than others). Bennett and Jenkins are among players that have been participating in national anthem demonstrations.

These are not just rich athletes protesting the national anthem for publicity, they have researched the issues within the criminal justice system and are working with legal experts to make at-risk communities safer.

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