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Richard Sherman Stops Press Conference to Deliver Heartfelt Speech on Police Brutality in America

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware of the racial tensions building in America. Police brutality has always been an issue, but now the country is more aware of it thanks to smartphone videos and social media. What is part of the outrage is people’s apathy towards unarmed and innocent black men getting killed. Many people ignore larger issues going on in society these days; look at all the people that care about Pokémon more that getting justice for these poor souls.

Yes, most cops are good guys, but with any group of people there are some bad eggs. Celebrities, including pro athletes, have been speaking publicly about their outrage against the bad ones. Spreading awareness through their platforms is an amazing way to reach the public and get support. The latest celeb to do this is Richard Sherman, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.


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San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernic, made headlines recently when he silently protested the national anthem before an NFL game. He took a knee to show support of those in our nation who are being oppressed and brutalized.

The backlash was fast and furious; Many football fans and other patriots blew up about his gesture saying he disrespected our country. The internet exlpoded shaming Kaepernick while others supported him raising awareness and his compassion.

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Richard Sherman had a press conference on September 21 and refused to take questions fromt he media. Instead he used the exposure to say this:

“So, today, obviously we’re playing San Fran and they’re a great opponent. They’ve got some weapons: Torrey Smith, Carlos Hyde. They’re running Chip Kelly’s offense. They do a great job. They’ve been getting yards, moving the ball, scoring points. But I’m not going to answer any questions today, and it’s no offense to you guys. But I think the state of things in the world today is very interesting. I think you have players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issue and try to make a stand and increase people’s awareness and put a spotlight on it and they’re being ignored. Whether they’re taking a knee or whether they’re locking arms, they’re trying to bring people together and unite them for a cause. I think the last couple days, a couple more guys have gotten shot and killed in the middle of the street. And more videos have come out of guys getting killed, and I think people are still missing the point. The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we’re 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.

“I do a lot of community service. I go out there and try to help kids and try to encourage them to be better and to aspire to more. And when you tell a kid, ‘When you’re dealing with police, just put your hands up and comply with everything.’ And there’s still a chance of them getting shot and no repercussions for anyone, that’s an unfortunate time to be living. It’s an unfortunate place to be in. There’s not a lot you can tell a kid. There’s not a lot you can try to inspire a person when you say, ‘We need black fathers to be in the community to stay there for your kids,’ but they’re getting killed in the street for nothing, for putting their hands on their cars. And I think that’s the unfortunate part, that’s the unfortunate place that we’re living in. And something needs to be done. And so 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. So thank you guys, have a blessed day.”

What do you think about athletes using their voice to try to do good? Is it admirable or not the place for it? Leave your thoughts in the comments and SHARE this with sports fans and people for justice.