Steve Smith Sr. to wear cleats to bring attention to domestic violence

Shalise Manza YoungYahoo Sports Columnist
Shutdown Corner

One of the most outspoken active players this past week on the NFL and New York Giantsmishandling of the Josh Brown situation as well as Brown’s actions, is Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr.

And with good reason: according to Smith, his mother is a domestic violence survivor, and growing up, Smith witnessed some of the acts against her.

But the veteran isn’t just talking, he’s doing too. On Sunday, as the Ravens play the New York Jets, Smith will be wearing custom cleats that say “Break the Silence” and feature a purple ribbon.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Smith was inactive on Sunday due to an injury so he’ll probably avoid a NFL fine – purple is part of the Ravens’ team uniform, but the league could have taken issue with Smith sending a message through his shoes, particularly as the NFL wants to focus this month to be on Breast Cancer Awareness.

Smith has also been highlighting domestic violence statistics on his Instagram feed.

Smith’s eponymous foundation focuses on ending domestic violence as well as promoting children’s health and wellness.

Steve Smith Sr. has never been afraid to speak his mind. (Getty Images)
Steve Smith Sr. has never been afraid to speak his mind. (Getty Images)

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