Group of NFL players have requested from commissioner Roger Goodell to dedicate a whole month to social activism.
Michael Bennett, Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and former NFL player Anquan Boldin wrote a 10-page memo requesting form league offices to back up their social activism causes, which will also have the national anthem protests.
The players asked November to be that month, and said they want NFL to do something “similarly to what the league already implements for breast cancer awareness, honoring military, etc.”
“The silence [from league owners and GM’s] following our individual and collective demonstrations around the national anthem to raise awareness to racial inequality and issues surrounding criminal justice reform has been met with inconsistencies in press coverage and perceived lack of support,” wrote the players.
“Our focus has been to identify and place our efforts on the key areas of reform where our influence and support can make a meaningful difference in the community. Those include prioritizing Criminal Justice Reform and Police/Community Relations Engagement.”
They then presented the actions they are planning to take, like visiting Capitol Hill and work together with cops.
But the most outrageous request they had was for the league to support their national anthem protests, instead of giving them a permission like they have been doing it till now.
“To be clear, we are asking for your support,” the memo reads. “We appreciate your acknowledgment on the call regarding the clear distinction between support and permission. For us, support means: bear all or part of the weight of; hold up; give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act. We need support, collaboration and partnerships to achieve our goal of strengthening the community.”
They also attempted to separate their social activism from the anthem protests, even though their activist mainly demonstrating during the national anthem.
“To counter the vast amount of press attention being referred to as the ‘national anthem protests’ versus the large amount of grassroots work that many players around the league have invested their time and resources, we would like to request a league-wide initiative that would include a month dedicated to a campaign initiative and related events.”