Chris Long was moved by Carson Wentz’s tweet about George Floyd

Chris Long was moved by Carson Wentz’s tweet about George Floyd

Chris Long was moved on Thursday night when his former teammate Carson Wentz posted a tweet calling out “institutional racism” in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. 

Long, who was Wentz’s teammate for two seasons, has been on the forefront of social and racial issues for years. But it was certainly noteworthy to see the Eagles’ franchise quarterback speak up. 

On his podcast, The Green Light, Long was joined by Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and one topic the two discussed was the role of white coaches, athletes and influencers in subjects like racial inequality and injustice. 

Even Long admitted he sometimes finds himself “tiptoeing” on these subjects but he said Wentz’s public statement gave him chills. 

It think that’s something white players, white coaches, influencers, should hear. I just had this conversation with Carson Wentz. I shared with you that tweet. I was very moved by that. You heard Shannon Sharpe talk about that this week. He said, ‘Who’s gonna step up? We need Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers. It’s great that we’ve got X, Y, Zs of the world but we need the big-name quarterbacks’ and that sort of thing. 

“So to see that happen and [Wentz] said ‘institutional racism.’ He typed those words out. That was really important to me. I got chills thinking about it. It’s so bare minimum, but that’s all we need. We just need guys to address it.

In addition to Wentz, Zach Ertz and Julie Ertz also tweeted a statement about Floyd on Thursday evening. 

Here’s the clip of Sharpe that Long referenced: 

Kerr was a particularly well-timed guest for Long’s podcast. The former NBA player and Warriors head coach has also been very outspoken on social issues, especially ones of racial injustice. The two discussed the importance of white people of influence raising their voices. Kerr spoke about finding a next step beyond public statements. 

Kerr said he typically reaches out to his friends immersed in the battle for racial equality and Long said he texted Malcolm Jenkins at 10:07 p.m. on Thursday night to ask what he can do to help. 

“I understand to a degree why some guys don’t (speak out),” Long said. “Because it’s a minefield.” 

He seems very proud of Wentz for doing so. 

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They get into what the move means for Andre Dillard, whether Peters will ultimately end up back at left tackle, how long J.P. might be able to extend his career if he stays at guard, how long it will take him to adjust to a new position and and much more. 

They also looked at defensive tackle and defensive end on the All-Time Eagles Team and whether Fletcher Cox or Jerome Brown is the greatest defensive tackle in Eagles history. 

(0:42) — Jason Peters back with the Eagles to play right guard

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Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans should start coming to grips with watching games from their couch in 2020.

After the city of Philadelphia cancelled "large public events" through February 2021 on Tuesday, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health officials provided an update on the feasability of fans watching Eagles games in person.

Philadelphia Department of Health commissioner Thomas Farley and Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy made it sound all but certain that Lincoln Financial Field stands will be empty.

Per the Inquirer:

"I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they're proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there," Farley said. "I can't say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds."

"The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds," Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

Abernathy said NFL guidelines also "remind teams that local authorities have the ability to ban fans, so I don't expect any issues."

"We have been in communication with the Eagles. We have told them our expectations are that they don't have fans," Albernathy said.

Whether other teams around the country will be able to host fans, based on differing guidance from state officials, remains to be seen. Earlier this month, reports emerged claiming the NFL is considering fan waivers for those interested in attending home games this season.

A season without home fans also means the Eagles stand to lose a sizable sum of money if the NFL plays its 17-week regular season as scheduled.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro noted, the Eagles will be one of the 10 teams most affected (financially) by a lack of fans at home games:

The Eagles in 2018 were tied for eighth in the NFL with $204 million in stadium revenue. Just the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Texans, Jets 49ers and Redskins made more.

In late June, the organization informed season ticket holders that their ticket installment payments would not be billed, fueling speculation that games would be played in empty stadiums this fall. 

Barring a drastic change in the pandemic's trajectory between now and early September, it seems that speculation was right.

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