Cleveland Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett believes the NFL can play a massive role in combating racial injustice. Colin Kaepernick is part of this picture.
Myles Garrett said the league needs to be more vocal in empowering Black voices. He also said the NFL should apologize for past wrongs, starting with Colin Kaepernick (via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com):
“I feel like they should have a bigger voice,” Myles Garrett said. “They have so much access to resources. They should be able to speak up. I believe Kap deserves an apology. I know it’s one thing to stand behind us and support our efforts, but they should be standing beside us in what we’re doing, seeing as there are a lot of players big and small in their stardom trying to do things for their hometowns, for where they play and just for areas that they know have been affected. I feel like they should be right there beside us trying to lead the charge.”
Myles Garrett might be aware that commissioner Roger Goodell previously stated the league was wrong in its handling of past player protests. He did not mention Kaepernick by name, but later said he vouched for any team interested in signing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
While lost of rumors have swirled about interest in Kaepernick, he remains unsigned. Myles Garrett knows this.
Meanwhile, the NFL is indeed trying to take steps in combating racial inequality. Goodell announced last month the league would be committing $250 million to a variety of causes over a 10-year period. Myles Garrett expects more.
Myles Garrett has 125 million reasons of his own to smile after signing an extension with the Browns on Wednesday. He hopes the NFL can take charge and do more in supporting Black communities, something which goes beyond speeches and symbolism.
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