49ers’ Richard Sherman would boycott games if it solved police brutality
With the 2020 NFL season officially set to begin, players like San Francisco 49ers veteran cornerback Richard Sherman have not relented in their efforts to bring attention toward the fight against racial injustice. There was even speculation regarding any potential plans to boycott Week 1 to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake like other major professional sports leagues did.
The 49ers vet shared his thoughts on the lack of impact boycotting games would have on police brutality, via Karl Buscheck of 95.7 The Game:
“In my personal opinion, I don’t see how missing a football game is gonna keep police from killing black people, unarmed black people,” Sherman said. “I don’t see that as the solution. I wish I had a solution. I wish I had something to say right now to stop it.”
“I wish there was something I could say, right now, to stop it. I wish I could the bullets out of the people who were killed. I wish George Floyd was still here. I wish we could go back and train those officers better. I wish we could do something different. But we can’t.”
“And I think that’s where we need to find a better solution.”
Sherman’s comments are an ugly truth to an even uglier issue that continues to plague society. Although the actions taken by the NBA, WNBA, and MLB were deeply appreciated by Blake’s family, a proper course of action still has yet to be put in place in order to usher in true change.
Sherman has never been shy about expressing his honest opinion on issues both on and off the field. His stance is indicative of how many professional regarding the one-sided efforts being made to utilize their platform to bring attention to the real issues at hand and finding a way to solve them.
For now, Sherman seems to be just as anxious to find an answer as his fellow peers are.