Can’t say this isn’t totally predictable.
Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss chose to make a loud statement on one of the most important days of his career. While discussing his Hall of Fame speech with the NFL Network with fellow inductees, Moss stepped away from the game of football to let some black families; who’ve had their loved ones killed unjustly by police officers, that they weren’t alone:
While the response to Moss’ gesture has been almost universally applauded, the white supremacists have had different feelings about Moss not “sticking to sports” & using his platform to combat injustice.
Moss spoke with The Undefeated‘s Jason Reid, revealing that he’s been the target of hundreds of pieces of hate mail stemming from his tie:
“The black community praised me and thanked me for shedding light on African-Americans dying,” Moss told Reid. “Then on the flip side, you’ve got sites where people are slamming me, saying ‘Hey, n—–, stay in your place.’ They’re saying, ‘You’re a dumb black jock. You just need to stick to playing football, n—–.’ All of this hate mail I’m getting for wearing a tie and talking about the truth. But I can handle it because I’ve been dealing with racism my whole life. I’ve deleted a lot of hate mail. Probably 150 to 200 messages the last few days.”
Moss went on to describe a direct interaction with a police officer he had the night after his induction:
Sunday night, I’m driving home, I get a direct message on my Instagram from a police officer. The police officer is telling me, ‘Hey, buddy, I disagree with the criminals that you have on your tie. They broke the law.’ He’s telling me about all these criminals and thugs on my tie. Not all of them are criminals. Not all of them are thugs. Some were just kids. But, yeah, some broke the law. And they are considered criminals or thugs or whatever the hell you consider them. But people losing their lives all the time is not supposed to happen. It’s not what they deserved. What happened, and what happens so many times, is that … it’s just wrong. These people shouldn’t have lost their lives.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Moss, or anyone else using their voice to bring these issues to light. While it may be true that “they broke the law”, that does NOT equate to a death sentence. Especially when the people listed on Moss’ tie were unarmed when they were killed.