Kenny Easley: Black lives matter, and all lives matter, too

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Kenny Easley waited 25 years to earn induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so he was going to make the most of his allotted time behind the microphone.

Easley didn’t mention Colin Kaepernick by name, but the former Seahawks safety used a minute of his 21 minutes and 50 seconds to take a similar social stance as the former 49ers quarterback.

“Please allow me this opportunity and this moment for a very serious message for which I feel very strongly about,” said Easley, who went into the Hall as a seniors nominee. “Black lives do matter, and all lives matter, too. But the carnage affecting young black men today from random violence to police shootings across this nation has to stop. We’ve got to stand up as a country, as black Americans and fight the good fight to protect our youth and our American constitutional right not to die while driving or walking the streets black in America. It has to stop, and we can do it, and the lessons we learn in sports can help.”

Easley, 59, long faced comparisons to Ronnie Lott, who entered the Hall in the Class of 2000. Easley continued the debate on stage.

“I’m going to settle it now publicly and for good,” Easley said. “In the last 30 years, there has no better thumper, ball-hawking, fiercely competitive or smarter defensive back in the NFL than Ronnie Lott. He was the best. There, it’s settled and because I said so.”

Easley also thanked Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who ended the franchise’s 15-year estrangement with Easley’s Ring of Honor induction.

“I believe in the old adage: Water runs downhill,” Easley said, “and thus winning starts at the top, and you have run a great organization with a terrific head coach in Pete Carroll. How about the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl in 2018?”

47 responses to “Kenny Easley: Black lives matter, and all lives matter, too

  1. Did he talk about drugs, men abandoning their kids and not going to school in the black community or did he just talk about cops?

  2. Can’t wait for the logical, well-thought out comments on this one. Especially from the people who really have an issue with a guy who doesn’t have the right posture during an anthem but yet have no issue with cops hunting black people.

  3. Who commits the crimes? Stop commiting the crimes and I’d be willing to bet there’d be less blacks killed by the police. This isn’t rocket science

  4. In honor of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and other SJWs, where is the black and non-Christian support for blackballed proselytizing Biblical Christian Qb hero, Tim Tebow?
    Record in last season as starter: Tebow 8-5, Kap 1-10

  5. lsuzilla says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    Did he talk about drugs, men abandoning their kids and not going to school in the black community or did he just talk about cops?
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    Nope, because that would have required the systematic racism that produced the conditions which make those aftereffects to begin with.

  6. stephenb1024 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    Who commits the crimes? Stop commiting the crimes and I’d be willing to bet there’d be less blacks killed by the police. This isn’t rocket science
    ——-

    Actually White people.

    Disproportionately.

    But also disproportionately also get slaps on the wrist, or looked the other way without entering the system.

    If you want to try this, that is.

  7. Kenny Easley using the pulpit to disrespect law enforcement nationwide proves what a disrespectful ingrate he is just like Colin Kaepernick.

  8. Black men are 100 times more likely to be killed by another black man than they are to be killed a police officer (black or white). If you believe black lives matter as I do then focus where the problem most exists — among black men in black communities.

    #HardTruths

  9. I was fine with his comments. He made it more about society as a whole then just calling police evil.

    We do have a gun problem.
    We do have a jumpy few police problem.
    – One out of a thousand cops killing people out of hatred, or panic, or fear is still a lot of bodies.

    We also have a cop killing problem.
    We have a black on black violence with innocent bystander victim problem.
    We have a prison problem.
    We have a judicial system problem.
    – Maryland still has Adnan behind bars because he is Pakistani.

    A ‘War on Drugs’ is a police vs. citizens war set up for failure on all levels.
    – David Simon gave us Season 1 of The Wire as an example of just how pointless it is.

    All lives matter is the truth.

    Kaep’s birth mom was white and the donor was black. His adopted parents were white. Do you know what that makes him? An American, just like me and Doug Baldwin.

  10. stephenb1024 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    Who commits the crimes? Stop commiting the crimes and I’d be willing to bet there’d be less blacks killed by the police. This isn’t rocket science
    _________________________________________
    200 billion dollars for prisons/enforcement of the “:crack scourge” of the mid 80’s…….
    45 billion proposed for the “opiod epidemic” in the heartland and now the “infested” state of NH.

    what makes better people?

    #systemicracism

  11. exinsidetrader says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm
    Black men are 100 times more likely to be killed by another black man than they are to be killed a police officer (black or white). If you believe black lives matter as I do then focus where the problem most exists — among black men in black communities.
    _______________________________________
    Don’t give me your half baked platitudes about the violence in the mire of the american ghetto. You could care less.

    Oppression has far reaching and devastating consequences. Now to your deaf ears this will be excuses, i know. But your ilk should consider the possibility.

  12. Funny how black lives only matter when they are being killed by police. I guess all the kids murdered by gang violence in Chicago don’t matter.

  13. All Lives Matter huh?

    We know White people’s lives matter. We see that every day.

    I am not wasting keystrokes on you people who don’t want to acknowledge reality, but if you are still attempting to combat the point of “Black Lives Matter” you are practically beyond salvation.

  14. exinsidetrader says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm
    Black men are 100 times more likely to be killed by another black man than they are to be killed a police officer (black or white). If you believe black lives matter as I do then focus where the problem most exists — among black men in black communities.

    #HardTruths

    —————
    Exactly:

    I worked in ‘the hood’ as a police officer then detective for 20 years. Those that live there are not afraid of the police. They taunt the police. If you don’t take it personal, then it all works out. They get theirs. But those are the bad ones as most people just mind their own business and live in fear.

    It’s when cops panic, don’t call for back-up or do something really stupid that the 99.9% of us who know what we’re doing get blamed as a whole.

    I have posted all of this before. Yes, the education in the hood is horrific. I don’t even know how to begin to fix that. It’s a total fight or flight atmosphere and it’s sad because there are a lot of hard working people in crime ridden areas. But black people kill black people. Ms13 kills their own. Crypts kill Bloods and so on.

    Believe it or not, I was more afraid of my own department than anything in the streets. Same thing. Higher ups (basically do nothings) are tough on the street cops.
    So it’s the same message. We all kill our own. From family, to race, to you name it.

  15. People oppress themselves with the choices they make. If you are born into poverty, life is going to be harder no matter what your skin color. If you make bad choices like fathering or giving birth to multiple children with multiple partners, get involved in drugs or gangs, indulge in criminal activity, not taking advantage of the free education that this country provides and a multitude of other things like blaming others for the consequences of your own poor choices you will not have a successful life. People need to take personal responsibility and stop blaming others, only you have the power to change your standing in life for better or worse.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    All Lives Matter huh?

    We know White people’s lives matter. We see that every day.

    I am not wasting keystrokes on you people who don’t want to acknowledge reality, but if you are still attempting to combat the point of “Black Lives Matter” you are practically beyond salvation.

    ———————–

    Actually it’s SJWs like you who don’t acknowledge reality. It’s always excuses, excuses, and more excuses for why so many blacks fail. Lack of family structure. Contempt for education. Glorification of drug use and crime.

    And the ultimate goal of the vile hate group Black Lives Matter? Anarchy.

  17. @Mr. Wright 212

    You gotta hit ’em with facts. In the facts lie the truth.
    Your dealing with people that really believe we are after something they have other than an equal stake.
    But they feel like we wanna hang out and rub shoulders, dace to “My Shirona” with them or something IDK

  18. How about to settle this whole “cops assassinate black people” debate they just pull all police from those communities and then there’s nobody to kill them….except themselves. But of course media and many black people claim that doesn’t happen and black on black crime doesn’t exist so then they don’t need police there anyways right?

  19. Out if 1,000 young black men that will die, 99% of them will be at the hands of another black man. And 1% may be from a cop (who is responsible for policing these violent neighborhoods).

    Anyone who says “black lives matter” and then focuses on 1% of the problem while ignoring the 99% of the self inflected problems in the black comminity is either brainwashed by loony liberals or knows better and is just full of it.

  20. Actually dcpatfan you have yet to present any facts in regards to this topic you more or less just post opiniated comebacks to anybody who posts facts that you don’t agree with as if it makes their post any less factual. Look at Chicago. Police there have pulled back in trying to police black communities cause of the amount of gang violence and what’s it lead to? Certainly hasn’t lead to a resolve or an end to the senseless killing of young black men. That’s a fact and you can’t even say it’s not. The biggest threat to young black men is other young black men. But apparently that’s ok because it’s a black man killing a black man instead of a cop or white man killing a black man. Kinda like use of the N word as offensive and rooted in hate as that word is it’s only a problem if it’s somebody other than a black person calling another black person that. If I’m a police chief I’m giving the black communities what they want (lesser police presence) and letting them sort it out. Sad because you have many hard working black families working to get out of these areas to provide better for their families who are affected by the crime in these areas and are by no means responsible or condoning of it. I guess if they or their young black sons fall victim to it then their lives don’t matter. Before trying to tell white people and police that black lives matter how about going into these areas yourself and telling them. We’ve known for years that black lives matter we’ve just been waiting for some black people to believe it

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says:

    August 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    As he should, for placating people.

    You people STILL. DON’T. GET. IT.

    ————–
    Actually we do get it. I don’t think you do. When your people get killed at 100 times the rate by your own people compared to police killing you, I think you need to be having a much more serious conversation amongst your community. And also keep in mind that white people get killed more by police than black, fyi.

  22. Love the complaints about black on black crime. But let’s fail to mention the violent crime committed by Wall Street that affects the American populace as a whole.

    Ask yourself what’s more violent: Someone committing a crime to fulfill their immediate needs or someone who commits a crime to meet they’re quarterly goal and lowering the home values of millions of people.

  23. cboys4life2014 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm
    How about to settle this whole “cops assassinate black people” debate they just pull all police from those communities and then there’s nobody to kill them….except themselves. But of course media and many black people claim that doesn’t happen and black on black crime doesn’t exist so then they don’t need police there anyways right?
    _______________________________
    Black Panthers gave that a go, to some success some would say,,,,,you probably don’t remember that though.
    ,
    We saw how systemic racism shut that down tho!

  24. If Al Davis were alive, Kaepernick would be a Raider(R.I.P AL DAVIS)!!! says:
    August 5, 2017 at 9:35 pm
    stephenb1024 says:

    August 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Who commits the crimes? Stop commiting the crimes and I’d be willing to bet there’d be less blacks killed by the police. This isn’t rocket science

    Lmao so no white people commit crimes? And you actually have people who agree with you SMH, damn this country is going down hill!
    _____________________________________________
    Oh yes lord they do! Its just that they hit it where they live. Corporate stuff and Kids.
    But the narrative here is “black on black crime” in the ghetto.

    #asifyoucare

  25. Look at the decline of Chicago alone since Obama took office. And Chicago is his hometown- it’s gone to hell.

    Great to have a President now who is now making jobs and will turn this country around. Black’s will be MUCH better off without Obama. Liberals are good at keeping people down and keeping them there- not being able to stand on their own two feet. That’s how there system works.

    And do some real good research on George Soros- who founded Black Lives Matter. If you think he’s a good man- you’re crazy and are probably okay with cops getting killed.

    This country is finally headed in the right direction.

  26. dcpatfan I’m well aware of what the black Panthers of the segregation era were fighting for and that they wanted to police their own communities and therefore will not clump then in with what’s going on today as some former black Panthers from that era do not want to be clumped in with what’s going on this day and age. The original black Panthers simply wanted rights they were entitled to anyways being Americans. They wanted the right to have the same good jobs white people were getting and live and hangout in the same nice areas the whites could live and hangout in. If you break it down to the core of everything they wanted it comes down to them wanting unity and a good life with their families instead of being confined to where segregation stated they could live and be. I wasn’t around for it but I completely support the black Panthers of that era. It’s no longer about that anymore. The people crying about police presence these days aren’t living the life and struggle of black people in the 60s. Black people in the 60s were living a struggle that was imposed upon them. Black people in those communities these days (definitely not all but seemingly most) want to ride the coat tails of those who already fought and protested to end that struggle. Chicago is,as I already stated, a perfect example of what happens when you take away the modern day “enemy.” Millions of black people are now living and earning good lives since the enemy of the 60s was eliminated. Many black people these days are losing lives by eliminating the “enemy” of today.

  27. Why do black lives only matter when murdered by a white person?

    There’s a slaughter every week in Chicago. No national outcry for those ” black bodies”. Why don’t those black lives matter?

    Because they don’t advance a ” white supremacy ” narrative. Because they don’t serve a political purpose and thus can’t be exploited.

    Sick.

  28. f1restarter says:
    August 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    All Lives Matter huh?

    We know White people’s lives matter. We see that every day.

    I am not wasting keystrokes on you people who don’t want to acknowledge reality, but if you are still attempting to combat the point of “Black Lives Matter” you are practically beyond salvation.

    ———————–

    Actually it’s SJWs like you who don’t acknowledge reality. It’s always excuses, excuses, and more excuses for why so many blacks fail. Lack of family structure. Contempt for education. Glorification of drug use and crime.

    And the ultimate goal of the vile hate group Black Lives Matter? Anarchy.
    ———

    I am the farthest thing from a SJW.

    I actually despise them.

    Which should tell you something…

    If I’M speaking this, what does it say about those of your ilk who still try to argue against the facts?

  29. backintheday99 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    So it’s the same message. We all kill our own. From family, to race, to you name it.
    ————————-

    A sad truth and also, especially in this country, an ironic one. Everyone that is killed is one of our own. It is hard to reconcile that as a nation we value an individual’s rights as being more sacrosanct than we do their very existence. Which is paradoxical when you consider that of all the rights we enjoy the right to exist is by definition paramount. Somehow in this society that predicates itself on the unalienable rights of all men to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” it’s the foremost of them that we have come to hold in the lowest regard. In July 410 people were shot, 74 fatally, just in the city of Chicago alone. Let those numbers sink in for a moment and then realize that they represent what happened to YOUR fellow citizens last month in just one city. If 74 Americans were killed and another 336 wounded as the result of an attack by another nation or a terrorist organization we would be at war with them tomorrow. All lives matter but apparently some less than others. For instance the value of the 762 lives lost at the hands of fellow citizens on the streets of Chicago last year obviously pales in comparison to the 16 unarmed black men’s lives that were taken by police applying deadly force in 2016. We know this because if those 762 American lives did matter as much then the media, politicians and professional protesters would be all over what is happening in that city and we would be talking about it daily.

  30. mnvikes1961 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:20 pm
    Look at the decline of Chicago alone since Obama took office. And Chicago is his hometown- it’s gone to hell.

    Great to have a President now who is now making jobs and will turn this country around. Black’s will be MUCH better off without Obama. Liberals are good at keeping people down and keeping them there- not being able to stand on their own two feet. That’s how there system works.

    And do some real good research on George Soros- who founded Black Lives Matter. If you think he’s a good man- you’re crazy and are probably okay with cops getting killed.

    This country is finally headed in the right direction.
    ———-

    What jobs? You people are hilarious. Those phony reports of a bunch of low-wage, no benefits, part-time jobs do not help the economy. Most people can’t even afford to take them.

  31. aggression44 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    Mr. Wright 212 says:

    August 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    As he should, for placating people.

    You people STILL. DON’T. GET. IT.

    ————–
    Actually we do get it. I don’t think you do. When your people get killed at 100 times the rate by your own people compared to police killing you, I think you need to be having a much more serious conversation amongst your community. And also keep in mind that white people get killed more by police than black, fyi.
    ———-

    No. You don’t. And you never will, if you’re trying to preach to Black people about it. You clearly aren’t Black. Therefore, you should be listening, not preaching or attempting to condescend (which does not work with me, specifically). The mere fact that people feel the need to even say “All Lives Matter” as a retort shows a complete lack of understanding.

    Listen and be quiet, maybe you’ll learn.

  32. I used to know people from the poor white area of town. They’d talk about how they hated rich people and cops, but every weekend they’d party, smoke their brains out, spend all their money on booze with their friends. They either didn’t believe they’d ever get out, or they liked their little ‘get-to’ lives too much to give them up. They immersed themselves in it. They weren’t willing to give it up.
    I see the same issue with the poor black community. Just like the whites, they adore their bad boys. They love their violence glorifying rap, and they love livin it up the hood way.
    On another subject, about 250 black people a year are shot by cops, and only a few of those make the news because they are unjustified or controversial. But the way it’s hyped up they’d have you believing 50 black people a day are shot by cops. P.S. Black cops shoot black people on a higher % basis than white cops, so what does that say?
    On the other hand, there are police killings of unarmed white people, but they don’t matter (to the news outlets and about 500 white people are shot by police in a year). If there is an issue, it’s cops shooting too many PEOPLE. But we do live in dangerous times with a lot of crazy people willing to attack the police, so I understand why cops are scared and become trigger happy.

  33. sire703 says:
    Ask yourself what’s more violent: Someone committing a crime to fulfill their immediate needs or someone who commits a crime to meet they’re quarterly goal and lowering the home values of millions of people.

    Somebody should invest in a dictionary cause the term violent is in reference to the physical harming of ones self. That doesn’t mean some of the things wall street has done are any less crimes though. The recession of ’08 was a direct result of the carelessness of big banks and wall street. It affected every hard working American black and white

  34. cboys4life2014 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Somebody should invest in a dictionary cause the term violent is in reference to the physical harming of ones self. That doesn’t mean some of the things wall street has done are any less crimes though. The recession of ’08 was a direct result of the carelessness of big banks and wall street. It affected every hard working American black and white
    ———————————-

    The collapse of ’08 was not “a direct result of the carelessness of big banks and wall street.” That portion of it that can be attributed to carelessness rests with congress, real estate agents, home buyers, the Federal Reserve and to a smaller extent the Clinton and Bush administrations. Far more damaging was the absolutely criminal recklessness of appraisers, mortgage brokers, 2nd tier banks and the two government-sponsored entities, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), both of which underwrote far too many risky home mortgages made to buyers who could never repay them on properties that were not worth their mortgage value never mind their purchase price. That underwriting gave their imprimatur of stability and acceptability to junk paper not just to the big banks but the funds that relied on MBS (mortgage backed securities) as their stable backbone. Wall Street’s piece of the blame pie lays with the greedy fund brokers, 2nd tier and investment banks who were piling up cash selling each other junk MBS. With the exception of Citi, who was heavily involved in the subprime market, the other ‘big banks’ were by and large incidental to the cause of the collapse through their Fed forced marriages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In fact they became the tools the Fed used to weather the storm even while letting them take the blame it and congress deserved. Wells was forced to absorb the almost entirely subprime mess of 2nd tier Wachovia, Chase had to take on the WaMu disaster and in an ironic twist cash heavy B of A (who never got into the subprime game themselves) was rewarded by being served the corrupt crap sandwich that was Countrywide along with a side of Merrill Lynch. The US economy is an incredibly complicated and interconnected vessel that floats on a sea of uncertain confidence. It required a group effort of incredible ineptitude, recklessness, greed, carelessness and shortsightedness to almost sink it. A failure of that magnitude can hardly be laid at the feet “of the carelessness of big banks and wall street.”

  35. I thought it was the Hall of Fame weekend, not the Hall of Blame sideshow.

    Easley is entitled to his opinion, just as everyone is. Its a shame though that instead of talking about his career and achievements its all this matters that matters. We all only have one planet to live on and need to learn how to share it, equally and fairly. Cause if we dont the end result is going to be that No Lives Matter, and we’ll only have ourselves to blame.

    Cheers.

  36. As a Seahawks fan, I am happy to see Kenny get his gold jacket. Congrats on a stellar career. I thought it was a classy move to say that Lott is better. I feel like they were pretty close to equal, but Lott had more tv time. The only comment I saw that referenced his playing called him a cheap-shot artist, which is how the position was played before there was “defenseless receiver” rules. By that logic Lott, Woodson, Dawkins, and Polomalu were cheap shot artists too. Kenny, along with Steve Largent put the Seahawks franchise on the map.

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm
    lsuzilla says:
    August 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    Did he talk about drugs, men abandoning their kids and not going to school in the black community or did he just talk about cops?
    ——–

    Nope, because that would have required the systematic racism that produced the conditions which make those aftereffects to begin with.

    ======================
    Thank god Mr Wright is on the case. Apparently the solution to what ails the black community is for white people to stop forcing black people to have unprotected sex resulting in pregnancy. And then forcing those men to abandon their children. And then, if the white community would stop forcing the black community to drop out of high school… Why didn’t anyone else think of this. Thank you Mr Wright. The black community owes you a debt of gratitude for figuring this out. Glad to know that EVERYTHING wrong in black America is a direct result of white people. If you believe that, you are what’s wrong with America. You can’t have it both ways. Take some GD responsibility for a change

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says:

    August 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    aggression44 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    Mr. Wright 212 says:

    August 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    As he should, for placating people.

    You people STILL. DON’T. GET. IT.

    ————–
    Lol. I’m not a black apologist. Telling me to be quiet and listen doesn’t work for me. I won’t bow down to the agenda. Sorry. But your little puppies might listen to that but I wont. I’m proud to be white. I won’t let the Soros agenda steer me away from that. So until black people are actually concerned with the massive amount of children getting gunned down by their own people in their own communities by gang members and at much higher rate than people that probably shouldn’t be shot by police, I respectfully will not listen to someone like you.

  39. finnymcphin says:
    The collapse of ’08 was not “a direct result of the carelessness of big banks and wall street”…..

    I stand corrected. Appreciate you clearing that up

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