NFL players are on the front lines in terms of the protests against social brutality and injustice. This time Kansas player Patrick Mahomes passionately sent a powerful message to anyone who isn’t supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. His determination seems to make a difference in the fight for social justice.
As players and several teams announced boycotts, postponements, and cancellations last week of the practice sessions, the Chiefs quarterback said in an interview with SiriusXM on this Thursday that it’s important they use their voices to speak on community issues.
Patrick Mahomes against the injustice
Whoever has kept an eye on NFL news for the past few months knows that this is not anything new. Over the past few months, Patrick Mahomes is vocal on social media about the Black Lives Matter movement and voting rights. That has unfortunately resulted in some criticism from people who want him to “stick to sports.”
In his defense, Mahomes said, “I’m going to whatever I believe and whatever I believe is right. I’m going to do whatever I can to fight for equality for all people. And I feel like I’ve shown that over this offseason and I’m going to continue that fight. I’m not worried about people and how they’re going to do negative stuff back to me. I’m worried about doing what’s right for humanity and making sure all people feel equal.”
Patrick Mahomes was asked about fans that are Chiefs fans, but also the negative comments they've made to him on social media about voting rights and BLM: pic.twitter.com/4MC6xg6QX9
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 29, 2020
Throughout the whole protest, Mahomes is one of many high-profile athletes who have spoken out against social injustice, racial inequality, and police brutality in recent months, especially in the wake of the police killing of 46-year-old Black man George Floyd and the police shooting of 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
May be Mahomes is way ahead of others he has a Black father and a white mother and has experienced all those injustice and brutality for ages.
Earlier this protest, he also signed a letter hoping to help end black voter suppression for the 2020 election. The group, led by LeBron James, signed a letter to address the “fans of every, race and gender.”
Today’s generation of athletes has made it clear that they aren’t solely concerned with their profession and stats. Obviously they want to perfect their craft, but they also want to help fight against social injustice.
Effect on other games
The NFL players have successfully managed to inspire the other game officials and NBA, MMA others have also decided to opt-out practice sessions or following other steps to express their solidarity in this protest.
Hope all this hard work pays off this time!