Giants meet with Cory Booker to discuss improving race relations

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Thanks in large part to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sharing his reasons for not standing during the national anthem, the topics of inequality, race relations and the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve have gotten a lot of discussion around the NFL this season.

The Giants have been one of the teams having those discussions and Wednesday saw about 25 players join coach Ben McAdoo, General Manager Jerry Reese and other executives at a meeting with Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. Running back Rashad Jennings invited Booker, saying the players wanted to talk with someone who could “point us in the right direction in terms of the possibilities for us” to take action.

“We’ve been informed, and it’s new information that we needed,” Jennings said, via the New York Times. “We can now collectively take that information into the locker room and have these kinds of conversations with the guys. And now we can pinpoint and target some things. We can’t do everything; we know that. But it’s a start to begin focusing in on some of the things we want to do from our locker room. Athletes can have a lot of power if they have conviction and are willing to take the appropriate steps after they speak.”

Booker said he saw “thoughtfulness and a love of this country” in the conversation and found that the players “wanted to explore where they can make a difference” off the field.

26 responses to “Giants meet with Cory Booker to discuss improving race relations

  1. Cory Booker is an interesting dude. I’m pretty sure he’s the senator that lives (or at least use to live) in the bad part of town by choice. I can respect that and it’s not something I say often or easily about US Senators.

  2. What were all the haters saying? All they see is players making noise without doing anything to fix the situation? Hmmm….

  3. The players should start by donating 10% of their salary to a social cause they support. Then commit to doing 100 hours of service helping that particular cause grow and develop at the grass roots level.

    These are the two strongest actions – not words – the athletes can take to show the social change they want, will become a reality.

    All committed players, please sign your name below:

    1. _______________________


    3. ______________________

  4. Maybe we as a country can elect a black community organizer as President and then let him work his magic?

  5. Viewership of the NFL this season has plummeted to a solid 11%…possibly more based on the views of some industry speculators. In the modern world, 11% of your audience drop means billions of dollars of lost revenue…not to mention a disturbing trend for the league in general. By contrast, the NCAA’s college lineup has held steady…and even risen in some measures. Social commentary regarding race and class are viable issues…but not in an entertainment entity that owes its life blood to enticing its audience. Why can’t the NFL encourage players to become activists “off the field”…and simply do their jobs while on it?

  6. Progressives claim they want a discussion but what they really want is a reason to call people bigots and act morally superior. These players deserve credit and respect, Kap deserves nothing.

  7. Because of the squat and not stand stance taken by Colin Krappernick, I no longer consider there to be any racial issues for blacks.

    Since they won’t stand up for their own complicity in their failures, I don’t give a flying monkey about their situation.

    I’m over it.

    Grow up.

  8. Can we stop the “Dialog”? We have been having nonstop dialog for the past 8 years since the divider in chief came in and started the Great Distraction. In that time period things are 20x worse.

    Its the economy stupid. Leftists only want to be in a position to correct others, and point fingers to win stupid shallow minded, and less educated voters. Focus on producing and everything else gets settled, and life is not perfect so lets not go to the anecdotal.

  9. “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”

    They asked a Senator to speak to them? Why not ask someone who has really gotten their hands dirty in the real world…..


    All of these “National Tragedies” are fake staged events… Wake up sheep!

  11. Glad the Giants are doing something. But Corey Booker?? One of the pre-eminent race baiters in politics. Learned from the schools of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson. But maybe he’ll prove me wrong. I hope he does.

  12. factschecker says:
    Oct 13, 2016 8:51 AM

    Cory Booker is an interesting dude. I’m pretty sure he’s the senator that lives (or at least use to live) in the bad part of town by choice. I can respect that and it’s not something I say often or easily about US Senators.
    He owned homes in Newark, but didn’t live there……. “New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has definitively lost The New York Times. The newspaper’s Michael Powell describes Booker in a profile Tuesday as a loquacious “absentee landlord” who let Newark rot from the core out, who has failed the children of the city, and who barely knew the most necessary details of his job.”………..I can appreciate the effort, but the Giants should have had a better game plan on this one. Booker’s a P.O.S.

  13. The NFL is 68% black. These athletes are presented with trunkloads of cash for playing football on Sundays, amounting to more money than many college-educated, white collar workers will earn in their entire lifetimes. Think about that. Oppression? NFL players are the wrong guys to be crying about oppression.

    Why is the league 68% black, a disproportionate figure compared to the population? Because black athletes are superior, and in the NFL, unlike many situations “in real life”, you only get a job if you’re qualified. Here, the most qualified applicants happen to be black. How many white corners are there in the league? None, last time I checked. Is there any outrage about this? Of course not.

    There’s a lesson here. If you’re the most qualified, USUALLY, “in real life”, you’ll get the job too. One could argue that if you’re a person of color, and are equally qualified as a white applicant for a job, you are more likely to get it, as so many (especially large) companies are trying to satisfy the “diversity” push that progressives are foisting upon us.

    Moral of the story? Work hard, be the best you can be, and the rest will take care of itself. There is plenty of opportunity in this country for anyone of any race, if they’re willing to simply put forth the effort.

  14. And this is precisely why I don’t watch the NFL any longer. I don’t need sports to be a platform for divisive politics and social issues. Especially when the vast majority of these clowns don’t even have a clue what they are protesting for. I keep hearing the term “racial inequality” but nobody will define exactly what it is. There is no racial inequality when it comes to police shootings. That is a myth. And there is scant evidence of any racial equality in the criminal justice system.

  15. Shocking — tons of negative comments about an otherwise positive story from Middle America with its head in the dirt on PFT.

    Sports have been a platform for politics and social issues for decades. The only reason you’re complaining now is because the issue doesn’t align with your sheltered, close-minded perspective. Get over yourself.

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