Calais Campbell hopes protests make impact in players’ communities


The Ravens are making a stand against racial injustice with the goal of creating real change.

A majority of the team’s players knelt Sunday during the national anthem before facing the Cleveland Browns for their season opener. Owner Steve Bisciotti released a subsequent statement expressing his support for the players’ right to protest.

After the game, Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell spoke about why the Ravens felt compelled to participate in the protests.

“I think a lot of players on this team are really passionate about the community, about our backgrounds [and] where we come from,” Campbell said in a Zoom press conference. “Most of the guys wanted to just protest against the injustice in our communities. I saw Bisciotti put out a message that was very clear: We’re not protesting the flag, we’re not protesting America, we’re not protesting anything like that. We’re just [focused on] injustice in our community. This is just an opportunity for us to use this platform to try to affect change.”

The Ravens have been at the forefront of the NFL’s social justice initiatives this summer, most recently penning a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the Justice in Policing Act. Baltimore is back in action next Sunday, Sept. 20 against the Houston Texans.