The movement that was started by QB Colin Kaepernick has received quite a bit of support across the world of sports including from the team that the San Francisco 49ers will face this weekend. Several members of the Seattle Seahawks have joined the conversation, most notably Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin.
Instead of taking questions in his media session this week Sherman took the time to make a statement about the recent police involved shootings and how the message that many have been trying to convey has been getting lost.
People are still missing the point. The reason these guys are kneeling and the reason we are locking arms is to bring people together to make people aware that this is not right. It’s not right for people to get killed in the street.
When a guy takes a knee you can ignore it. You can say he’s not being patriotic, he’s not honoring the flag. I’m doing none of those things, I’m saying straight up, this is wrong and we need to do something.
Baldwin, the son of a police officer, has been in contact with Kaepernick frequently during the the past month. Similar to Sherman, he made a statement during his press conference this week, calling out state attorney generals to investigate and make changes in law enforcement tactics.
As an American, a black male in this country, I'm suggesting, calling -- I'm demanding that all 50 state attorney generals call for a review of their policies and training policies for police and law enforcement to eliminate militaristic cultures while putting a higher emphasis on de-escalation tactics and crisis management measures.
Likely the conversation will not only include Sherman, Baldwin and Kaepernick but other 49ers as well. Jaquiski Tartt was a player who joined Kaepernick’s protest by raising a fist in the air in Charlotte along with Eli Harold, Antoine Bethea and Rashard Robinson. The safety had been talking to Harold prior to the game and felt as though he’d be turning his back on his family at home as well as his teammates if he didn’t participate in the protest.
You’ve got people fighting for this country and doing a lot for this country and at the end of the day, they’re fighting for freedom, equality and justice and I feel like that’s something that we haven’t been getting.
The rivalry that once instigated an inordinate amount of trash talking, has likely provoked an entirely different type of conversation.