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NFL Likely to Allow Players to Wear Helmet Decals of Names of Black People Who Have Been Murdered By Cops

The NFL players association evaluated a list of names pertaining to victims of police brutality. NFL players during week 1 are allowed to wear the names of George Floyd, Tamir Rice, and many others who were slain on their helmet to pay tribute. According to Front Office Sports, the front office is helping the NFL players association determine what social justice messages are allowed to further the movement towards positive change.

Steve Wyche, senior correspondent for the NFL Network noted the decision to wear decals or patches would be left up to individual players, although teams could decide to act as a whole.

With the options of wearing African American victims who were subjected to fatal incidents along with police officers who lost their lives protecting and serving, the question of what truly matters may arise.

Both matters may differ although the issue on black lives mattering may encounter a Blue Lives Matter stance from other players.

The reason for that is simply not all athletes have the same beliefs when it pertains to the motto of “protect and serve.”

Nevertheless, hip hop billionaire Jay Z has been MIA since partnering with the NFL in September 2019 to tackle social justice issues.  His thoughts on recent events furthering the movement haven’t been publicized or confirmed.

An example of how NFL players could represent slain victims are by wearing initials such as “T.M” to commemorate Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012 in Florida.

With the social justice messages approved by many other leagues who are using their platforms differently, it’ll take more than just a message to prevent racially motivated acts within the league.

Without question, all of these changes stem from the 2016 stance of Colin Kaepernick who knelt during the national anthem in opposition due to unjust violence inflicted on African Americans by law enforcement.

Without the domino effect of  Kaepernick’s controversial stance on kneeling, there is no telling how the NFL would’ve move forward after the death of George Floyd in their response to racially motivated violence. Further details will develop as the NFL works to approve of more social justice messages that are sacred and permitted to the public.

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