The Seattle Seahawks canceled practice on Saturday to instead ensure the players were all registered to vote in the upcoming election and rather than talk about football with the media, head coach Pete Carroll gave an impassioned 14-minute monologue about racism in the United States.
"You have to care so much and show the love for people who deserve every bit of the rights to be treated equally and treated fairly and treated straight up," Carroll said. "They are not able to be fearless like you are. They just want to be like you. They just want to have the freedom and the comfort and the security of living a good life and loving through all of their family's exchanges and opportunities."
Earlier this week the Milwaukee Bucks began a movement throughout all professional sports by boycotting their scheduled game to divert attention away from the league and at the systemic racism in the country in wake of Jakob Blake being shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer.
"We need to listen to (the players)," Carroll said. "They've got wisdom, and they've got power. They're just sensing what they're able to do and capable of doing. We need to hear them. When we do that, we'll follow the right lead and good things will happen."
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WATCH: Pete Carrolls full, raw 14-minute monologue on racism originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest