The Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback felt compelled to add his voice to the player-organized Black Lives Matter video that recently went viral and earned verbal concessions from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The player said, “It was a cumulation of seeing all this happen and wanting it to stop and wanting us to find a better way of preventing these instances that happen. It’s not that one of [those deaths] was more significant than the other; it was just all of it happening and me feeling like, ‘Enough is enough, we’ve got to do something about this.”
He added, “I was was blessed to have this platform. Why not use it? I know I have this platform, I know not everyone will agree with it. But I’m going to do my best to make this world a better place and this is the right moment to do it.”
He also spoke of George Floyd, “I can’t watch the entire George Floyd video through and through. I’ve watched it in parts, but it hurts me too much — to my soul — to see him and feel like I can’t do anything to help the horrible situation that happened where George Floyd got murdered. To me, it just affected me knowing I have people in my family who have been in and out of jail and could have been put in that situation, and that’s where it took me. That could have been one of my family members, that could have been someone I cared about.”