One of the most outspoken active players this past week on the NFL and New York Giants’ mishandling 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.
Enough is ENOUGH. Thank you to @aceandsmitty who gives me the opportunity to paint cleats like this. It has never, and will never be ok in my eyes to resort to violence. Sometimes the hardest thing for someone to do is say Enough is enough. I commend those women who are brave enough to come forward because it's not easy, and to anyone who is scared to, I pray you have the courage one day to understand you don't deserve that no matter what he says. #SolesBySir #1of1 #customCleats #MoreThanCleats #SteveSmithSr #BaltimoreRavens #AgainstDomesticViolence #BreakTheSilence #YouAreNotAlone #YouDeserveBetter #helpSomeone
A photo posted by SolesBySir (@solesbysir) on Oct 21, 2016 at 7:28pm PDT
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.