Davante Adams speaks out on importance of fighting for social justice
Davante Adams is a leader for the Green Bay Packers and he wants to be a leader in social changes as well. While speaking to local media on Tuesday, Adams spoke out on the importance of fighting for social justice, per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Adams said he feels it's imperative to engage in the fight for social justice. He said he doesn't like to refer to it as a social justice "thing" but rather as a problem. He the movement needs to lead to change in society and he will continue to stress that. pic.twitter.com/6pvvSRfBdD
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) August 4, 2020
Since the unfortunate death of George Floyd in police custody, there’s been an ongoing conversation not only with the Packers star, but also among athletes in multiple sports. Whether it be the NBA or NFL, players and coaches discussed ways to incite change to combat the issues in today’s society.
Back in 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the national anthem when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. The free-agent quarterback was kneeling in an attempt to bring light to racial injustice in America. While he was speaking against a legitimate issue, Kaepernick would be blackballed from the NFL.
Fast forward to now and there are players across the NFL — and other sports — that are kneeling before games. Even though it’s become a more commonplace gesture, hopefully it helps the conversation continue.
Aaron Rodgers, Adams’ quarterback since entering the NFL in 2014, was one of the vocal athletes amid Floyd’s tragic death. The veteran quarterback advised everyone to listen and educate themselves on the issues at hand. Furthermore, the Packers would proceed to release a video of a few of their players calling for change.
There’s no doubt that Green Bay has been one of the most active teams in speaking out on racial injustice. However, despite the team’s efforts thus far, Adams wants to ensure that more is done by him and his teammates moving forward.