Four NFL players submitted a 10-page memo to the league’s top officials asking for “overt league support” and a month of anti-police activism.
The 10-page memo was obtained by Yahoo Sports and was endorsed by Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles’ Torrey Smith and former NFL player Anquan Boldin. The memo was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent.
Bennett has sat during the national anthem during games and raises a fist on the field after making plays in protest of the police.
The memo asks for the league to make the month of November as “activism awareness month” such as the league does with breast cancer.
The memo also blames police for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, not the police.
“Since 2016, police have shot over 300 men and women in this country. Some of the names and stories are familiar—Jordan Edwards, Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, but hundreds of others are not,” the memo says.
Alton Sterling was shot by police while trying to draw his gun during a struggle with officers. The officer who shot Jordan Edwards was fired and indicted.
“To be clear, we are asking for your support,” part of the memo reads, according to Yahoo Sports. “We appreciate your acknowledgement 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. There are a variety of ways for you to get involved. Similar to the model we have in place for players to get involved, there are three tiers of engagement based on your comfort level.
“To start, we appreciate your agreement on making this an immediate priority. In your words, from Protest to Progress, we need action.”
Michael Bennett made news when he lied about being racially profiled by Las Vegas Metro PD the night of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. Bennett wrote on Twitter, “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
But Las Vegas Metro showed video which proved that officers were responding to a call about an active shooter in a casino and assisted a many black males in getting out of the area.
When officers saw Bennett, he was hiding behind a slot machine. When officers turned toward him, Bennett ran out of the casino and leaped over a four-foot barrier wall into traffic.
He was detained for about 10 minutes while officers determined he was not involved in a shooting. Video shows that Bennett lied about other parts of the encounter. You can see those full details HERE.
In response, Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for an investigation and “appropriate action” to be taken against Bennett. The league has chosen to back Bennett despite his obvious dishonesty.
Do you think that an anti-police month would destroy the NFL’s already tanking ratings? We’d like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.