Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice have all become the central figures of nationwide protests being staged in recent times, and now even NFL players like Reggie Bush are publicly protesting by wearing their statements on their clothing and apparel.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Charles Barkley agrees with the Ferguson decision, claiming that the rioters are scumbags and “not real black people,” and when he was criticized for this stance he told critics to “kiss my a**.”
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush, and Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi both referenced the chokehold on Eric Garner by wearing shirts that stated, “I can’t breathe.” Rams receiver Kenny Britt wrote the names of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and more onto his cleats. Some Rams players even went further when the Ferguson grand jury decision was still pending by taking to the field while raising their hands in the “hands up, don’t shoot” position that Michael Brown allegedly used before being shot by police officer Darren Wilson.
Police officers responded by saying that the NFL should punish the players for making such a statement. Rams offensive lineman Davin Joseph believes that NFL players should be taking a stance on controversial topics like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.
“I feel like we should support what we feel is right,” Joseph told the Associated Press. “We should always have an opinion of sticking up for people who don’t have a voice.”
Reggie Bush says that normally he would have stayed quiet on these types of issues, but recently they began to press on his heart.
“Honestly, I’ve always been the quiet kid,” Bush explained. “I’ve always been the one who’s reserved, to kind of sit back and not really get into politics and things like that. But I don’t know why I just felt some kind of … I guess the situation just touched me. It’s kind of resonated [with] me. Not because I’ve been through a similar situation or because I’ve seen anybody go through it. I just really felt terrible about what was going on these past couple of weeks.”
Many of the protesters who first began with Trayvon Martin have since begun supporting demonstrations related to the deaths of Brown and Garner. These protests have spread all over America, from Oakland, California to Boston, with thousands of protesters shutting down streets in order to raise awareness of these issues.
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