Officers representing New York's Finest came together, Saturday, to rally support for free-agent National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned by a single team after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
The name Seth DeValve may not have a rang a bell before, but today he is making headlines as the first white NFL player to join in the controversial national anthem protest. "So I wanted to take the opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country, and also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do". He cited not only wanting to be a leader and wanting to support his teammate, but more importantly talked about understanding that he and Bennett were from two different parts of the country, and that their experiences in this country were not the same. "It's something they believe", Kirksey said. "Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we're going to have these issues".
"The United States is the greatest country in the world".
Maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought that Kaepernick's main goal was twofold: to bring attention to what he felt was significant injustice being done to minorities, and to start a dialogue about said injustice. He said he didn't express himself well enough when he first spoke on the issue. "I think in the discussions throughout this week, we will see what comes of it", cornerback Jason McCourty said. "I think when we can show a sense of understanding of what is going on around us and a sense of goal to want to change, I think that will help not only ourselves and our families, but everybody watching us". "Obviously, everyone's aware of the fact of his protests a year ago, and that's something individual clubs will either weigh or not weigh".
"We feel as though, at this level, we have a platform with which we can speak on because when we take that helmet off we're all regular people at the end of the day", Peppers said.
"Respect to all the veterans, respect to the military - we are not protesting against them. I think they all respect each other and support each other".