Week 1 against the Bills up in Buffalo is a go for the Jets, meaning football is back in New York, but even with the games getting through all hurdles of this offseason, George Fant wants to keep the focus on the bigger topics at hand.
Fant started off his press conference Friday afternoon with an opening statement on social injustice and said he wanted to keep questions concentrated on that.
"First and foremost I just want to start this off with keeping my attention on social injustices," Fant said in his opener. "Me being a person from the Kentucky area, something that sticks so close to me is having the chance to be around the family of Breonna Taylor, I just want to keep my focus on Breonna Taylor and social injustices, so let's just focus on there."
Fant was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky and went to Western Kentucky for college. Taylor was shot and killed in her Louisville home in March less than two hours away from Bowling Green.
"Just to sit on those steps (at a protest) with her family, to feel that hurt and talk to her family a little bit, it's heartbreaking," Fant said. "...I just want them to know that I'm here for them and can help anytime anyway I can."
The NFL season started with players on the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans locking arms after the national anthem Thursday night, but the simple act of unity was received with boos from the Missouri crowd.
"To hear that booing, obviously it wasn't good," Fant said. "Anytime you get some guys to show the unity in the NFL and the people not to like it and to try to bring up different things about it that's not positive, is never good."
"Personally I'm still taking it in, I'm still looking in to it. But for me, that's horrible. ...We just want to be treated equally, we just want to be treated the same. Everyone needs to be held accountable. For people to boo, it's unbelievable."
Fant is in his first year with the Jets after spending the first four years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. Since signing with the Jets, it's been a tough offseason seeing everything happening around the country.
"It's been so crazy...it's insane," Fant said about the offseason and summer. "I'm a father of three, I've got a big family. I feel like everyone has that story of 'it could've been me or it could've been my kids' and it's just so scary."
"I fear for my kids and I fear for my family. Everyone should be treated equally and everyone should be held accountable. We should all be one big family. ....It's been a crazy summer."