In wake of the tragic death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis, the Seattle Seahawks announced Monday that players will donate $500k to policy reinforcement, judiciary protections and accountability, and for advanced education related to the history of race in America.
In the statement, the Seahawks organization offered their condolences to the families of Floyd, as well as Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death in her home in Louisville and Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while out for a jog in Georgia. These three incidents have raised the calls for reform and change in the United States.
These biased actions are systemic and have plagued our society for generations and have culminated to the current state of unrest we are experiencing. The Seahawks are guided by overall principles of acceptance and understanding that help us create a culture of respect, equality and inclusiveness both on and off the field. We, as an organization and as individuals, represent and respect a wide range of human differences, personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. We stand with Seattle, and every community in uniting to help heal our society and overcome the hurt, anger and frustration through peaceful protests and acts of togetherness.
Per the statement, Seahawks players will begin the process of determining recipients for grants from the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund in the amount of $500k.
Several Seahawks players including DK Metcalf, Russell Wilson, L.J. Collier, Duane Brown and Tyler Lockett have spoken out against social injustice towards the black community and used their platforms to shed light on racial injustice and police brutality in America.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner told reporters Monday that he participated in Saturday’s protests in downtown Seattle. He says head coach Pete Carroll held a team meeting where players could speak their emotions and feelings about the state of our world.
"There's a lot of things that are happening that are bigger than football," Wagner said.
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