Many people in America were stunned by the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Roe v Wade court ruling on Friday. The decision essentially meant that states were now allowed to ban abortions moving forward. It was a divisive decision that saw a lot of negative reactions from some US citizens, including NFL stars.
After the decision was made official, NFL stars immediately let their thoughts be known on the topic. Kyler Murray, the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals, expressed his disappointment at the court's decision.
No one should be able to force their beliefs on anyone’s body, that is not right. Sending love to our women.
— Kyler Murray (@K1) June 24, 2022
Darius Slay, one of the most underrated cornerbacks in the NFL, dryly commented that abortion was banned first before guns.
So abortion got banned before the government made better gun laws…. 🤦🏾♂️
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) June 24, 2022
Cam Jordan also talked about the injustice of this decision, pointing out that no one should be controlled to that extent by anyone.
Overturned roe vs wade… I don’t have to be for or against abortion to say that this just shouldn’t be tabled. bruh how can you control something that should be up to an individual to control.
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) June 24, 2022
Bobby Wagner, on the other hand, retweeted former US president Barack Obama's Tweet about the Roe v Wade decision.
Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 24, 2022
Other NFL stars chimed in on the matter, expressing their own views on the topic.
Love to ALL Women ❤️
— DeKaylin Metcalf (@dkm14) June 24, 2022
To all the women I just want to say I’m sorry. It is not right what this country is doing
— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) June 25, 2022
It’s a shame we are going backwards. To take away a woman’s choice and think progress was made is BS. It’s a tough decision but it’s their decision. Leave it that ✌🏾
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) June 24, 2022
Most of the NFL stars that spoke out against the overturning of Roe v Wade had one key criticism of the decision. Their issue mostly stems from the fact that the state is suddenly taking control of women's bodies by refusing to give them the right to abortion. There are many reasons why a woman would want to abort their baby: unwanted pregnancy due to rape and health complications are two of those factors.
NFL players aren't the only ones that chimed in on the controversial Roe vs Wade decision. LeBron James was among the many NBA stars who also spoke out against the decision, echoing many of their football brethren's thoughts on the matter.