The Balitmore Ravens made clear what kind of social justice issues they want enacted in a powerful team statement on Thursday.
The most notable of which included: the arrests of the police officers that killed Breonna Taylor and shot Jacob Blake, call for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate floor, and called for increased voting participation.
It's among the most progressive of team statements from an NFL franchise amidst a historic week in professional sports. Three days after Blake, a Black man from Kensoha, Wisconsin, was shot seven times in the back by a police officer, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their Game 5 contest against the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA playoffs. That was just the first domino of many.
WNBA, MLB, and MLS games were also canceled yesterday. The momentum carried over to today, when both the NBA and WNBA moved forward with plans to continue playing in their respective Florida bubbles while postponing Thursday's contests. Both the Nationals and Orioles called off their games as well.
The Washington Football Team also took the day off from practice to reflect as a team what the protests meant to them, a team meeting head coach Ron Rivera was able to shed plenty of light on.
The Ravens list of calls for action in their team statement prompted some of the team's players to show their public support on Twitter.
Justin Tucker (@jtuck9) August 27, 2020
Please Read and demand change!!! https://t.co/u0lIrom3z6— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 27, 2020
Willie Snead IV (@Willie_Snead4G) August 27, 2020
We want real change!— Calais Campbell (@CalaisCampbell) August 27, 2020
And we want it now! https://t.co/nIbXHiv4oQ
The time for change is now ✊🏼💜 https://t.co/VYQ1dnqIOd— Trace McSorley (@McSorley_IX) August 27, 2020
It's fair to say their statement resonated with their players.
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